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    How do YOU measure bodyfat?

    It's not worth to get a scale that measures weight and bodyfat together is it? Will they be inaccurate- for example; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ozeri-Bathro...0596951&sr=8-8

    Could someone please recommend a product they use to measure bodyfat fat, and if so a link to it.
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    Why do you want to know?

    The only way to get an accurate measurement is a DEXA scan.
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    Originally Posted by germaine07 View Post
    Why do you want to know?

    The only way to get an accurate measurement is a DEXA scan.
    I want to measure my bodyfat reasonably accurately, and was wondering whether that scale is worth it?
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    Originally Posted by Purekid View Post
    I want to measure my bodyfat reasonably accurately, and was wondering whether that scale is worth it?
    go buy a fat caliper cheap and easy
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    Originally Posted by justin0202 View Post
    go buy a fat caliper cheap and easy
    This.

    Then simply use a body fat calculator. There are a few of them, but Google will help you out.

    It's very simple
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    Originally Posted by Purekid View Post
    I want to measure my bodyfat reasonably accurately, and was wondering whether that scale is worth it?
    It's not.

    Originally Posted by Sineck View Post
    This.

    Then simply use a body fat calculator. There are a few of them, but Google will help you out.

    It's very simple
    Body Fat Calculators suck.
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    Originally Posted by germaine07 View Post
    It's not.



    Body Fat Calculators suck.
    Will try using fat caliper, guess it's the best measure for people who don't have access to more advanced methods. What do you suggest?
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    Originally Posted by Purekid View Post
    Will try using fat caliper, guess it's the best measure for people who don't have access to more advanced methods. What do you suggest?
    Even the calipers can be a few % off. They can be good in tracking body fat % changes but not at giving you your exact bodyfat %.

    The thing is though, there is no need to know your BF %.
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    Originally Posted by germaine07 View Post
    Even the calipers can be a few % off. They can be good in tracking body fat % changes but not at giving you your exact bodyfat %.

    The thing is though, there is no need to know your BF %.
    For me there is, I want to see on my bulk how much is actual fat, and how much muscle. It helps track my progression.

    Also, am looking for a decent pair of scales to measure weight
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    Most gyms usually have calipers and/or other stuff to measure it for you. If you have a membership, just ask them.
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    Scales are notoriously awful, and the user error for calipers makes them unreliable. Best bet is to post pictures and get opinions on where people think you're at
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    Originally Posted by Purekid View Post
    For me there is, I want to see on my bulk how much is actual fat, and how much muscle. It helps track my progression.

    Also, am looking for a decent pair of scales to measure weight
    I'd recommend using the mirror to judge. If you look like you're gaining to much fat, cut it back a bit.
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    Originally Posted by midcoastking33 View Post
    Scales are notoriously awful, and the user error for calipers makes them unreliable. Best bet is to post pictures and get opinions on where people think you're at
    It's really hard to tell for someone as skinny as me when I have increased in weight. Hence the use of scales, if my weight is increasing I know to stay at that level of calories....So really do need to invest in a decent scale.
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    Calipers are a good way to measure change for sure. The key is however to have someone experienced do it. And only that person to keep consistency. As far as tracking fat, just do body measurements. A waist or hip growing faster then a bicep for example is a good sign fat gain>muscle. I am personally trying to kick the scale habit(struggling currently) as they are the devil. Body weight changes so much for a variety of reasons it can screw with your head big time. Pictures and measurements are the right way I think.
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    Just get an Accu-Measure BF caliper. Easy and inexpensive. Takes practice. Good link here for learning how to measure:

    http://www.muscleandstrength.com/too...-calipers.html

    How your clothes fit, waist measurements, mirror, progress pics, etc.. all good tools as well. Use as many as you can.
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    Try bodpod.com to see if there is a testing location in your area. I find this to be one of the best and most convient tests now available even compared to dexa.
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    Originally Posted by Purekid View Post
    It's not worth to get a scale that measures weight and bodyfat together is it? Will they be inaccurate- for example; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ozeri-Bathro...0596951&sr=8-8

    Could someone please recommend a product they use to measure bodyfat fat, and if so a link to it.
    I actually use one of the scales with impedance BF testing. It does have drawbacks for sure and can vary quite a bit based on your level of hydration, but I've found it helpful if used to determine trending patterns as comparison over time. I agree how clothes fit and the mirror have been the best for appearance however. Good luck!
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    Originally Posted by germaine07 View Post
    It's not.



    Body Fat Calculators suck.
    Not really when you got your measurements ready.
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    Originally Posted by germaine07 View Post

    The thing is though, there is no need to know your BF %.
    For some people it is required to keep their job they remain below a certain percentage of BF.
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    Measuring bodyfat is ridiculous IMO. If you can judge your progress or results based off how you look in the mirror, feel, or even what the scale says then take a step back.

    The whole "how much bodyfat do you have" thing just plays minds games
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    As everyone has stated, the mirror is the cheapest and best way!! As long as your happy with what you see than who cares about some % numbers.
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    Scales do not work. Period. They are simply random number generators.
    Besides who needs to know his exact bf percentage??
    Look in the mirror. Too fat? Cut. Too skinny? Bulk.
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