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are body fat scales accurat?

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2007/06/12 00:23:01 (permalink)

are body fat scales accurat?

ive just bought a set of scales which measure body fat ,they were 40 quid,will they be pretty accurate or is using calipers th only way to do it properly?cheers
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 00:24:34 (permalink)
    they can give you a reading, but its not the most accurate.

    calipers are more accurate

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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 00:24:52 (permalink)
    On the whole i would say the scales are not very accurate.

    Mirror is always my best judge.
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 00:26:03 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: swift

    calipers are more accurate


    ...although do bear in mind that the accuracy of them will be down to the user.
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 00:31:06 (permalink)
    ok lads i guess i was just wondering if they are a waste of time or if they give a rough idea?i find it hard to understand how they can work to be honest but th girlfriend wanted them and i would like to know what my bf levels are
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 00:32:43 (permalink)
    You can usually get a good estimate if you post your pictures up here.

    As for the reliability of BF% scales, i hopped on mine this morning and was 49% apparently
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 00:35:04 (permalink)
    mm i dont have too much faith myself!
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 01:25:15 (permalink)
    They are crap!
    I am obese according to the ones at my gym! They dont take into effect the amount of muslce on the body, Same with BMI scale.
    Only way to get accurate reading is Calipers

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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 09:47:52 (permalink)
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 09:51:16 (permalink)
    Use them first thing, and you'll get an idea of your changing body fat. They pick up water as well as fat, so the readings change a lot.
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 10:01:14 (permalink)
    Useless IMO.

    Mine say 24% whereas the calipers say 13%.
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 10:53:41 (permalink)
    I dont believe they are all useless. I have a set of Tanita body composition scales which measure BF, water, and muscle mass. They put my BF any where between 18-21% depending on what time of day I use them (i'm apparently fatter and lighter in the mornings)

    I would estimate my BF level to be in this range, although I appreciate that they are likely to not be 100% accurate

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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 12:38:57 (permalink)
    cheers james will have a good read
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 13:04:25 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Sprite Goblin

    I dont believe they are all useless.



    They put my BF any where between 18-21% depending on what time of day I use them (i'm apparently fatter and lighter in the mornings)


    Contradiction!!
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 13:16:25 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: James


    ORIGINAL: Sprite Goblin

    I dont believe they are all useless.



    They put my BF any where between 18-21% depending on what time of day I use them (i'm apparently fatter and lighter in the mornings)


    Contradiction!!



    Objection your honour!!

    My point is that I believe that they give me an accurate representation of my approximate BF level. The same as if I were to post pictures on here and asked people to guess my body fat, I would be given a range.

    Are my scales inaccurate because dependent on the time I use them my weight also changes? No, of course the minor changes are down to fluids I may or may not be carrying, whether I have a meal inside me or not and the like.

    If I thought I was more like 10 % bodyfat going from the mirror, but my scales were telling me 18-21% then my opinion would be that they were trash, but my current experience tells me that they are within the correct region

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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 13:19:21 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: Sprite Goblin

    I dont believe they are all useless. I have a set of Tanita body composition scales which measure BF, water, and muscle mass. They put my BF any where between 18-21% depending on what time of day I use them (i'm apparently fatter and lighter in the mornings)



    Simple reason that you don't have any food in you and you're probably dehydrated
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    RE: are body fat scales accurat? 2007/06/12 13:34:48 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: Ak_88

    ORIGINAL: Sprite Goblin

    I dont believe they are all useless. I have a set of Tanita body composition scales which measure BF, water, and muscle mass. They put my BF any where between 18-21% depending on what time of day I use them (i'm apparently fatter and lighter in the mornings)



    Simple reason that you don't have any food in you and you're probably dehydrated


    Yep

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