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    Anyone know a reliable site for calculating an estimate of body fat percentage based on body measurements?
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    Originally Posted by kharneth View Post
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    Anyone know a reliable site for calculating an estimate of body fat percentage based on body measurements?
    there isn’t one
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    Originally Posted by snailsrus View Post
    there isn’t one
    How do you find yours? Other than posting a photo and getting people to estimate?
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    Originally Posted by kharneth View Post
    How do you find yours? Other than posting a photo and getting people to estimate?
    ive been competing in fitness for 13 years and sports all my life. I can eye ball it. But I’ve also had a dexa scan which isn’t even 100% accurate but close
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    Originally Posted by snailsrus View Post
    ive been competing in fitness for 13 years and sports all my life. I can eye ball it. But I’ve also had a dexa scan which isn’t even 100% accurate but close
    I don't say what I said because I don't trust people's eyeballs, but because I'm asking for a friend who likely doesn't want to post pictures of herself.

    I've looked at plenty of the photo comparisons on the internet and it doesn't seem to be awfully hard to get an approximate range that way. I was just hoping to compare visual approximation with numerical ones. I've used the calculators on my own measurements and have found everything from 7% to 20%!
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    Originally Posted by kharneth View Post
    Hey,

    Anyone know a reliable site for calculating an estimate of body fat percentage based on body measurements?
    As you have been told, there isn't one.

    The tape measure method for figuring BF percentages is terribly inaccurate.
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    Originally Posted by kharneth View Post
    Hey,

    Anyone know a reliable site for calculating an estimate of body fat percentage based on body measurements?
    Get a DEXA scan, closest thing to accurate thats publicly available.
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    Why do you even need a number?

    Either you like how lean you are, or you don't....
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    Why do you even need a number?

    Either you like how lean you are, or you don't....
    What's the issue? Is it cool to not care about anything? The man wants to know his bf%, there's literally nothing wrong with that.
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    Originally Posted by Bohdizzle View Post
    What's the issue? Is it cool to not care about anything? The man wants to know his bf%, there's literally nothing wrong with that.
    Yeah, that’s what I said: it’s cool not to care about anything...

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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    Yeah, that’s what I said: it’s cool not to care about anything...

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    Originally Posted by Bohdizzle View Post
    Answer the question - what is the issue?
    Your question is stupid, because I never said there was an ‘issue’.
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    Why do you even need a number?

    Either you like how lean you are, or you don't....
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    Your question is stupid, because I never said there was an ‘issue’.
    So why comment?
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    Originally Posted by Bohdizzle View Post
    So why comment?
    Why ask a question on a forum?

    Uh, because it’s a forum... and people ask questions here. Probably best to get used to that.
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    Originally Posted by Bohdizzle View Post
    So why comment?
    He meant the actual number is irrelevant. Either someone is happy with how lean they are or they are not, and if that's the case then there are ways to address it. We don't walk around wearing bodyfat percentage numbers posted on our shirts like nametags and every known method of obtaining those numbers (aside from an autopsy) are really nothing more than guesses. Somehow you translated that into "not caring about anything", which wasn't his point at all.
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    Why ask a question on a forum?

    Uh, because it’s a forum... and people ask questions here. Probably best to get used to that.
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    Originally Posted by Bohdizzle View Post
    I love a good back peddle. Have a good day buddy!
    You seem to misuse a lot of common sayings and words...

    That’s not what back-peddling means.
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    Originally Posted by xsquid99 View Post
    He meant the actual number is irrelevant. Either someone is happy with how lean they are or they are not, and if that's the case then there are ways to address it. We don't walk around wearing bodyfat percentage numbers posted on our shirts like nametags and every known method of obtaining those numbers (aside from an autopsy) are really nothing more than guesses. Somehow you translated that into "not caring about anything", which wasn't his point at all.
    It's not though. Bodyfat percentages can be an indicator that you're at risk for certain diseases. Maybe not the reason for OP wanting to know his, but to say it's useless is wrong. What if OP wants to know his bodyfat % so he can check again after a cut to see how much bodyfat he lost as a percentage?
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    You seem to misuse a lot of common sayings and words...

    That’s not what back-peddling means.
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    Originally Posted by xsquid99 View Post
    He meant the actual number is irrelevant. Either someone is happy with how lean they are or they are not, and if that's the case then there are ways to address it. We don't walk around wearing bodyfat percentage numbers posted on our shirts like nametags and every known method of obtaining those numbers (aside from an autopsy) are really nothing more than guesses. Somehow you translated that into "not caring about anything", which wasn't his point at all.
    Precisely.

    I understand people being curious if their own assessments are accurate compared to others, because it’s often difficult for folks to actually know based on looking in the mirror.

    If someone was trying to, say, get into a ‘healthy’ range like being under 20% for a male but they were assuming that their 26% was 20%, then it would be helpful to know that; being under 20% would have some specific utility.

    However, searching for a calculator is a bit of an odd approach... because ultimately if we’re talking about visual appeal... well... the visual is all that matters. If someone looks awesome at 15% and they’re totally happy with that... then I mean... would it matter if someone else tight they were 13%? Or 16%? I mean it shouldn’t... but people definitely seem to chase the numbers even though there’s no way to actually figure it out.

    It’s kind of like when people say they’re eating 2,879.95 calories...

    There’s no way to achieve that kind of precision.
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    Originally Posted by Bohdizzle View Post
    It's not though. Bodyfat percentages can be an indicator that you're at risk for certain diseases. Maybe not the reason for OP wanting to know his, but to say it's useless is wrong. What if OP wants to know his bodyfat % so he can check again after a cut to see how much bodyfat he lost as a percentage?
    That wouldn’t require a BF estimate... if you train and you’re eating enough protein, essentially all of your weight should be water, fat, and glycogen until you get very very lean.
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    Originally Posted by Bohdizzle View Post
    It's not though. Bodyfat percentages can be an indicator that you're at risk for certain diseases. Maybe not the reason for OP wanting to know his, but to say it's useless is wrong. What if OP wants to know his bodyfat % so he can check again after a cut to see how much bodyfat he lost as a percentage?
    The OP doesn't want to know "his" BF percentage. He's already said that he is asking for a female friend..

    I don't say what I said because I don't trust people's eyeballs, but because I'm asking for a friend who likely doesn't want to post pictures of herself.
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    Originally Posted by xsquid99 View Post
    He meant the actual number is irrelevant. Either someone is happy with how lean they are or they are not, and if that's the case then there are ways to address it. We don't walk around wearing bodyfat percentage numbers posted on our shirts like nametags and every known method of obtaining those numbers (aside from an autopsy) are really nothing more than guesses. Somehow you translated that into "not caring about anything", which wasn't his point at all.
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    do they actually obtain your bf % during an autopsy?
    Naw, but they could theoretically
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    Naw, but they could theoretically
    haha I was gunna say sesh I have to die to know my actual body fat? That’s quite an expense to know if I am 2 or 3% more or less body fat

    But if I’m dead how would I ever find out? I guess write it on my tombstone
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    Originally Posted by snailsrus View Post
    haha I was gunna say sesh I have to die to know my actual body fat? That’s quite an expense to know if I am 2 or 3% more or less body fat

    But if I’m dead how would I ever find out? I guess write it on my tombstone
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    You don't need a number. What's it going to tell you that you can't get by looking in the mirror? I might even be demotivating if some calculator tells you that you lost muscle when clearly your lifts have been going up. We see threads like this all the time (mostly from people using BIA devices).

    1.You just need to gain enough muscle to support definition (the important part many people try to skip over)
    2.Lose enough fat to get the required level of definition
    3.Know when to cut a mass gain routine short and start cutting again

    Look in the mirror. Monitor your weight. Get a second opinion if you are worried by your own perception being skewed (which happens to everyone to some degree).

    I would add that some people actually look decent at much higher BF% levels than others. It depends on fat distribution - genetics.
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