How To Measure Body Fat

How To Measure Body Fat

By now you should be well convinced of the merits of measuring your body fat percentage and keen to find out your vital stats. There are a few ways to do this, which vary in their ease of use and accuracy. Consumer devices can be a little iffy in their accuracy, so the main thing to remember is that if you use the same scanner at the same approximate time each week, you should get a picture of how your body fat percentage is changing even if the numbers aren’t precisely correct.

Calipers are the time-honoured method of measuring body fat and they remain the cheapest way to do it yourself today. You measure the fold in a pinch of skin on at least three spots on your body, then put those numbers into an app or online calculator to estimate your body fat percentage.

There are couple of options for those who want to get more technological: smart scales and handheld scanners. Both can give a host of body composition stats, including body fat percentage, and are incredibly easy to use – most will even beam your numbers straight to an app to help you track changes over time.

For those who want the utmost accuracy in their measurement, there are options like hydrostatic weighing and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to consider, but these will hit the wallet hard and for body fat measuring purposes are generally only used by professional athletes.

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