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Measuring body fat?
I started a diet this summer went from 283-237.

I'm interested in figuring out how much I have left to use. In getting closer.

Should I use calipers? Other methods?
09-18-2018 01:39 AM
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RE: Measuring body fat?
Get a slimming world fat measuring body scales. Cheap enoug and the measurements are consistant enough.
09-18-2018 02:27 AM
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RE: Measuring body fat?
DEXA scan. I found an outfit in NJ that caters to sports health and nutrition. Cost $125. Was worth the price. Found out I was even fatter than I thought I was.
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RE: Measuring body fat?
If you go for a DEXA scan make sure the machine is correctly calibrated and the operator knows how to use it. If you are not perfectly positioned, the results may vary wildly.

https://weightology.net/the-pitfalls-of-...rt-6-dexa/

I had two DEXA scans done over 6 months. The second one showed that I had destroyed several pounds of muscle (while gaining weight overall), even though I was lifting three times a week. Unlikely but admittedly not impossible. But what’s really strange is that my left leg weighed 2 pound more than my right leg and had a different composition. My left arm was also significantly heavier than my right arm.

Considering the price, I do not recommend DEXA scan. Just look at yourself everyday in the mirror and don’t worry about bf measurement. Or just buy a body scale: they are even less reliable than DEXA but at least you can take a measure everyday for free and the errors tend to average out in the long term.

Also look at http://www.bodywhat.com it’s a fun way to estimate your bf% from a picture.
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09-18-2018 09:05 AM
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RE: Measuring body fat?
https://nakedlabs.com/

This new device popped up in an online ad awhile ago. Quite pricey at $1,395 but if it's just as accurate as a Dexa scan could be worth it if you are on a hardcore body recomposition plan.
09-18-2018 09:07 AM
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Hydrostatic weighing is supposed to be the most accurate. Check out this video demonstrating it:



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Cool, I'll look into all these except the $1300 option... I've spent $0 or less (saved on food, probably hidden savings like health) losing 45 pounds and I need a bunch of clothes, not worth it just to find out how much more I have to lose.
09-18-2018 01:49 PM
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RE: Measuring body fat?
I don't want to shit on DEXA scans or anything like that, but the best measurement for body fat is the mirror.

After that, it's a fat calipers you can get for 6 bucks off Amazon to make sure you're headed in the right direction.

Some folks distribute fat differently. I know guys who store a lot of fat around their midsection and they're ripped everywhere else, one of my buddies stores a lot of fat in his arms. It really depends.

I've used this for the last three years and it's served me well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G7...UTF8&psc=1

You don't have to buy it off Amazon either, but I just posted the link.

Other than that, this website works too.

http://www.gymgoal.com/dtool_fat.html

All you need is a tape measure.

According to the website and the calipers, I'm at 15% bodyfat, which also lines up with the picture I posted. Good enough for me.

Other than that, googling the chart of bodyfat percentage will help you as well.

[Image: body-fat-photos-1.jpg]

You don't have to spend a boatload of money. If you're lean, you'll fucking know it. You don't need a machine or a $1300 test to tell you that. That money is better spend tinkering with your diet or supplements.

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US navy body fat calculator + mirror + tracking weight each day and calculating week average and watching for difference week to week.
09-20-2018 12:35 AM
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(09-19-2018 11:04 PM)Hannibal Wrote:  I don't want to shit on DEXA scans or anything like that, but the best measurement for body fat is the mirror.

After that, it's a fat calipers you can get for 6 bucks off Amazon to make sure you're headed in the right direction.

Some folks distribute fat differently. I know guys who store a lot of fat around their midsection and they're ripped everywhere else, one of my buddies stores a lot of fat in his arms. It really depends.

I've used this for the last three years and it's served me well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G7...UTF8&psc=1

You don't have to buy it off Amazon either, but I just posted the link.

Other than that, this website works too.

http://www.gymgoal.com/dtool_fat.html

All you need is a tape measure.

According to the website and the calipers, I'm at 15% bodyfat, which also lines up with the picture I posted. Good enough for me.

Other than that, googling the chart of bodyfat percentage will help you as well.

[Image: body-fat-photos-1.jpg]

You don't have to spend a boatload of money. If you're lean, you'll fucking know it. You don't need a machine or a $1300 test to tell you that. That money is better spend tinkering with your diet or supplements.

Thanks for this, little under 25% I would say. I'll be happy between 15-20% going off that.
09-22-2018 06:02 PM
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RE: Measuring body fat?
Body fat measurements are largely a waste of time. You either have abs or you don't. One might read 16% and you look shredded. Another might read 9% and you have a four pack.

So long as you have a scale, you can monitor your weight and gauge off the mirror whether you are heading in the right direction.
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