Measuring body fat

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    Apr 08, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Just a tip here. A great way to measure your body fat is to use a fat caliper measurement test. Some gyms do this test for free (like Bally's). It's not that hard to do, takes under 5 mins to get the results. I've heard it's pretty accurate. If you do the tests for b/f by standing on a scale, it could be way off!

    I measured 30% standing on a b/f scale, but when I did the caliper test I measured 10% b/f.

    Here's a site that gives more info on b/f testing:
    http://walking.about.com/cs/calories/l/blcalcalc.htm

    Good Luck on reaching your goals!

    Best,
    Stephen

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    May 01, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    I am skeptical that the body fat caliper testing technician at most gyms is going to be especially accurate or consistent.

    Meanwhile I have a BIA on my scale, and I know it has some error too because I can force it to swing quite a bit just by wiping off the soles of my feet
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    May 02, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidTo the OP, you're definitely not 30% fat. At 40% a person is considered obese and you are quite lean.


    Yeah. If your pics are current or representative, there's no way you're 30%. Probably 15%, maybe up to 20%. But 30% does not sound right.
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    Jul 27, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    Those scale measurements suck! I have one at home and it is consistently measuring me at 24% bf, when I am now just a little over 8%.

    Also, measure bf consistently, as it can fluctuate just like weight. Measure at the same time of day during a consistent, normal day.