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Postby Fiona25 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:43 pm

Ok guys, I would like to know which is the most reliable and accurate way of finding out your BF %?

When I joined Curves not long ago, they typed some info into this hand held computer thingy and then I had to put both my palms on the handles of it and stand up. It read it as 20.6% I've lost 1.5kgs then, and finally worked out how to find out my BF% on my digital scales. This morning it told me my BF was 23%!

Which one should I take notice of?

If the digital scales are not an accurate way, which is the best at home method to use? Or should I just get it done at Curves once a month?

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Postby loveat116 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 4:20 pm

Neither are an accurate way of measuring body fat.

Ask at your gym if they can do a pinch test or use body calipers, much more accurate than scales or hand held devices.
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Postby JP1 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:15 pm

all methods have a degree of +/- attached even the most sophisticated like the dip (being submerged in water after exhaling all your breath and then holding it for a time period) and even an electrode test... just the margin of +/- is less in these cases.

I'd just go by what your gym says and maybe get the caliper test if you want to compare... ignore the digital scales and any on line calcs as they will be using mathematical equations on the average population. I'm told the diptank and electrodes cost although not restrictive i don't think... maybe do some net research? really all depends what you need the info for I guess? good luck..
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Postby Fiona25 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:56 pm

Thanks guys, thats really helpful :)

JP1 I just want to know so its another way to monitor my progress. I will ask at my next weigh in and measurement day (19th Jan) if they can do the caliper/fat pinch test thingo.
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