Body fat

  • jesse1996

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    Feb 04, 2015 2:27 AM GMT
    So I'm just curious what the most accurate way is to calculate ur fat percentage. I used the navy calculator which spit out 4.5% which can't be true because I'm not as defined as people with that much fat. Suggestions please?
  • mybud

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    Feb 06, 2015 1:01 AM GMT
    I measure mine with a cheap caliber I bought off of I looked at your pics..I'd say you were about 6 - 7 %. A good bulk would do you wonders..All the best.
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    Feb 06, 2015 2:26 AM GMT
    You can so totally rely on those machines in the pharmacy section of your supermarket that tell you your weight, blood pressure, BMI, hydration index, and body fat.
  • vhotti26

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    Feb 06, 2015 9:43 AM GMT
    In order of accuracy:

    1) DEXA-Scan
    2) Caliper used by someone who knows how to do it
    3) Body fat scales
    4) Online calculators
    5) Caliper used by someone with absolutely no clue

    So as you see the accuracy of a caliper measurement depends greatly on how good the one who measures you knows to use the things.

    You indeed look like 6-7%. You think you're not as defined as people with that much fat, but looking at your pictures that's just because you lack the muscle mass to look more defined. As mybud said, bulk up.
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    Feb 07, 2015 5:13 AM GMT
    ^ lol. Body fat scales belong at the bottom of the list, just below oijaboards
    Unless you mean the kind that weighs you in water to calculate density
    The most accurate method is probably still dissection and rendering. *

    *, that's how they used to do it back in 4H and FFA livestock judging contests. The kids would "judge" the animals, then the officials would collect actual data at the slaughterhouse. You'd find out who "won" months later.
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    Mar 15, 2015 6:18 AM GMT
    Back in college, I spent money to test if the cheaper form of having a professional do a caliper test (at the local YMCA) and getting a hydrostatic weighting at the university P.E. lab, which cost more, would yield the same results, give or take a few points. The caliper test was 5 units over that done using hydrostatic weighing by a grad student at the P.E. lab. icon_cool.gif