The Best and Worst Ways to Measure Your Body Fat ...


You step on the scale and see a number and it seems like even when that number does not vastly change, if you are lifting weights and performing strength exercise.

What lies beneath is changing!

Your body is more compact, you have definition now and you look leaner.

So even if your weight does not change, there are other things to take into account like your body composition and muscle to fat ratio.

That is why it is important to measure your body fat so you can take all of this into account.

But since there are countless ways to measure your body fat, let me share with you the best and worst ways to measure your body fat!

1. Body Fat Scales

Although body fat scales are super convenient because you can purchase them pretty much anywhere.

These scales use bioelectrical impedance (BIA) to gauge the amount of lean mass, water, and fat in your body by sending a current from the metal plates under your feet through your body and timing how long it takes.

Although they are relatively inexpensive, they are highly unreliable if you are dehydrated.

If you do use this measurement, drink lots of water the day before and weight yourself the next day bright and early.

2. Handheld BIA Devices

Handheld BIA devices are often used by trainers because they are easy to use, however they are not always the best!

These devices can also have a huge fluctuation based on hydration levels.

Grab te handles and hold!

Unfortunately these devices cannot tell the difference between visceral and subcutaneous fat.

So save your money and purchase a more reliable device!

3. Calipers

Okay so to break it down, most clients hate this test because the feel like they are being grabbed like a piece of meat.

It is definitely a hands on test using a set of calipers to measure the thickness of your skin at certain points of your body.

The numbers are then tallied and plugged into a formula to estimate your total body percentage.

The biggest problem with this test is that results can vary widely based on who is doing the test.

But compared to the previous methods of body fat measurement this is definitely one of the better gages!

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