Can anyone recommend a product or method they use to measure & track their body fat percentage? I have a body fat caliper but it's pretty hard to try and take the measurements myself. Thanks!
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on January 05, 2013
at 06:48 PM
I have a withings.com scale. It uses impedance to gauge bf%, not perfect as an absolute number, but as a trend indicator I'm happy with it.
Ray Maker over at dcrainmaker.com did a pretty extensive 3 part review of bodpod vs various impedance bf measuring scales here:
on March 04, 2013
at 02:32 AM
This is a really really simple way to get a general idea: http://fitness.bizcalcs.com/Calculator.asp?Calc=Body-Fat-Navy
on February 18, 2013
at 01:36 AM
I have a bodymetrix ultrasound device. If it's something you intend to do on a regular basis, I think the one time cost, although not cheap, is well worth it. The device is extremely accurate and can do really interesting muscle scans as well as measure BF. The personal can keep up to 5 profiles so I also measure a couple of my friends and keep stats for them. I find it fun.
on January 21, 2013
at 01:06 AM
There is no accurate way that's affordable, including DEXA and under water weighting. For private use I would suggest caliper, tape measurement, weight, BI. Any combination of the above should be sufficiently to track development on a 2 week basis.
on January 19, 2013
at 07:56 PM
You don't need an accurate absolute measurement offered by expensive methods. Caliper measurements are fine for trend tracking. Just measure from a few sites (I use chest, abdomen and thigh) every week at the same time, and try to be consistent in the way you measure.
I also track bw and other measurements (chest, waist, thigh) to get a full picture of my body comp. Taking pictures of yourself naked helps as well, and how your clothes fit.
on January 05, 2013
at 01:58 AM
See if a nearby university offers DEXA scans. It is extremely accurate. A university near me offers it to the general public for $40. Obviously, not something you would do daily, but depending on your budget, could be done a few times a year.