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July 2, 2012 9:02 AM
Does anybody have or used a scale that has the body fat % on it? Are they accurate? I want something that I can calculate my body fat % too as well as my weight. Thanks!
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July 2, 2012 9:04 AM
This is something I'd like to know as well.
  9970551
July 2, 2012 9:05 AM
BUMP
  10186503
July 2, 2012 9:06 AM
I'm also intrigued.
July 2, 2012 9:11 AM
I have a Weight Watchers Scale. It shows Body fat pounds, body fat percent, body water, bone mass and weight. I love it.

I take a picture of the scale every week and compare it from the previous weeks. It's interesting to see the changes. I've found it to be fairly accurate to my doctors office scale.

http://www.amazon.ca/Weight-Watchers-Digital-Analysis-Scale/dp/B004RDQ7AI/ref=pd_sim_sbs_k_4
Edited by MartinaC32 On July 2, 2012 9:19 AM
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July 2, 2012 9:13 AM
Yeah I have a scale now that I've had for about a year but it only does lbs. I want one that does lbs and also tells me what my body fat is as well because I have NO clue and I want that to start going down as well!
  10186503
July 2, 2012 9:14 AM
QUOTE:

I have a Weight Watchers Scale. It shows Body fat pounds, body fat percent, body water, bone mass and weight. I love it.

I take a picture of the scale every week and compare it from the previous weeks. It's interesting to see the changes. I've found it to be fairly accurate to my doctors office scale.


I have this scale, and an I am not sure the body fat % is that accurate.....
  9771427
July 2, 2012 9:15 AM
But I do love the scale as it s great to do weekly comparisons.
  9771427
July 2, 2012 9:15 AM
For home use just get a scale, you know, that does weight, instead of paying 3x as much for the body fat % calculator, storing multiple users info etc.
The body fat % can be thrown off just by having a bit more to drink water wise from one weigh in to the next.
  3335912
July 2, 2012 9:15 AM
YES! I have one at home, and it is very accurate!

Things to remember:

never get on the scale for a body fat reading after a workout, or a shower, as it warps the results. (temperature affects how the reading is done). It tells you in the instructions.

I get my reading once a month, the same day every month in the AM after I get up and brush my teeth. :)

Mine isn't expensive, but i can't remember the brand!!! I'll check tonight and post the brand I purchased.
Edited by kitigonkukoo On July 2, 2012 9:16 AM
July 2, 2012 9:15 AM
Here is an alternative way to estimate your body fat:

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html
  4718334
July 2, 2012 9:16 AM
I use www.fat2fitradio.com/tools/mbf/ to calculate my BF%
July 2, 2012 9:16 AM
I've heard mixed things. Mine seems to be very inaccurate (says I have 33% BF when I know I have 22%) and I use it correctly. I have an Omron brand.
  6351390
July 2, 2012 9:17 AM
Hey!! I'm an exercise science researcher and body composition happens to be my area of expertise! These scales employ the technique of bioelectrical impendence and are not accurate, they drastically underestimate your true body fat %. However, the difference that they show if you lose or gain is relative! So if it says you have gone from 25% to 20% body fat, in reality you have probably gone from 40% to 35% body fat but you have still lost 5% body fat!!

The only truly accurate measure of body fat % is the DXA scan. You can try and get one of these through your primary care physician as it is this scan which is used to diagnose osteoporosis. Try and sweet talk the doc into referring you for one and try and get them every six months. You will not lose body fat mass much quicker anyway!!
July 2, 2012 9:18 AM
They're OK, I track body fat on my scale as well as weight to gauge progress.
Losing fat is simple but hard. You can also check body fat here for free:
http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html
The key is what will produce consistent results.
Good luck - ALL IS POSSIBLE drinker
Edited by Bobby_Clerici On July 2, 2012 9:20 AM
July 2, 2012 9:18 AM
QUOTE:

I've heard mixed things. Mine seems to be very inaccurate (says I have 33% BF when I know I have 22%) and I use it correctly. I have an Omron brand.


Would be interested to know what measure you used to find the figure of 22%...
July 2, 2012 9:18 AM
Any estimate of body fat % on a living organism is an estimate. As in many areas, some estimates of body fat percentage are better than others. Body fat estimates from scales as well as hand-held machines are not particularly good, because they are influenced by factors such as hydration. Better estimates of body fat percentage can be performed periodically in labs--my local hospital will perform them for around $40. Since body fat levels change relatively slowly, you might be better off getting your body fat estimated once or twice a year by a more accurate method, than using a scale.
July 2, 2012 9:22 AM
I purchased the Aria scale that has weight/body fat %. It is WAY off (more than 10%) and I wouldn't recommend it, too expensive for it to be so inaccurate.
  20500934
July 2, 2012 9:23 AM
QUOTE:

Any estimate of body fat % on a living organism is an estimate. As in many areas, some estimates of body fat percentage are better than others. Body fat estimates from scales as well as hand-held machines are not particularly good, because they are influenced by factors such as hydration. Better estimates of body fat percentage can be performed periodically in labs--my local hospital will perform them for around $40. Since body fat levels change relatively slowly, you might be better off getting your body fat estimated once or twice a year by a more accurate method, than using a scale.
Why spend the money?
Just track it daily and you get a picture of the trend like daily weigh ins.
It's not rocket science.
I just keep everything simple. Works well, and I get to keep that $40 drinker
Edited by Bobby_Clerici On July 2, 2012 9:23 AM
July 2, 2012 9:23 AM
I have the scale and have been going on that. Then last week I went to the gym and they were doing free testing so I had my BMI and a bunch of other stuff done The scale was off quite a bit. The scale said that I am 39 and at the gym it said 33. I would see if there is a way you can have it testing some where and see how close it is for you.
  17391132
July 2, 2012 9:24 AM
QUOTE:

Here is an alternative way to estimate your body fat:

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html


Very informative site. Thank you!
  21917323
July 2, 2012 9:25 AM
Mine doesn't seem to be accurate in the BF% but is fine for lbs. I suppose to some degree the BF% will tell you if you lose some BF but it seems that even that isn't all that accurate. I have radically changed my body composition over the last 6 months but haven't had my BF change on my scale. Have on handheld and by measurement though.
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July 2, 2012 9:27 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I have a Weight Watchers Scale. It shows Body fat pounds, body fat percent, body water, bone mass and weight. I love it.

I take a picture of the scale every week and compare it from the previous weeks. It's interesting to see the changes. I've found it to be fairly accurate to my doctors office scale.


I have this scale, and an I am not sure the body fat % is that accurate.....


I agree... my gym has a "real" one and the WW one always says my bf is WAY lower. not that I'm complaining... but i need accuracy not fluff.
July 2, 2012 9:30 AM
Thanks for this link happy

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html
Edited by tracym22 On July 2, 2012 9:31 AM
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July 2, 2012 9:31 AM
My fancy body fat % scale can't even manage the weight side of things, so I'm skeptical. (I know the weight is wrong because it will fluctuate as much as 5 lbs up/down in 10 minutes.)
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