Best time of day for a body fat test?

  • pelotudo87

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    Aug 18, 2008 1:41 AM GMT
    Hey all I'm thinking of getting a body fat test soon. I'd be getting it at my gym so I assume it would be callipers. If there a best/worst time of the day to get it done? I know pple weigh themselves right after waking up before eating--anything similar to this I should do before the test?

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    Aug 18, 2008 5:57 AM GMT
    LOL

    Sorry, but what does it matter? Will you feel better about yourself if you can tell people your bodyfat is 1 percentage point lower because you did all the "tricks" necessary to get it that way?
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    Aug 18, 2008 6:06 AM GMT
    Exactly. You're only fooling yourself.

    Impedance monitors produce results that can vary nontrivially throughout the day, but caliper results fluctuate less.

    You weigh yourself at the same time of day each time to minimize exogenous variation as you track progress. You'd do the same if you were testing bodyfat every day, and pre-breakfast would be a good choice of time. But for a single-shot test, or even one every few months, you don't have enough data points for the time of day to make any difference.
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    Aug 18, 2008 6:09 AM GMT

    I would in the morning before I eat, but I wanna know how fat I am in the evening because that is when I'm gonna be showing the goods under most circumstances.icon_wink.gif I'd rather know how fat I am then.
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    Aug 18, 2008 8:49 AM GMT
    Tomorrow
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    Aug 18, 2008 12:53 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    I would in the morning before I eat, but I wanna know how fat I am in the evening because that is when I'm gonna be showing the goods under most circumstances.icon_wink.gif I'd rather know how fat I am then.


    I think GG is right in all aspects.

    If you want the lowest measurements then better be tested in the morning, but it's more practical to work on your evening/night measurement. Since you're more likely that way to be in the situation where someone will appreciate your morning bodyfat level.
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    Aug 18, 2008 1:11 PM GMT
    do it right after eating a pizza icon_smile.gif