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Bill Gibson 08-04-2011 12:31 AM

Effective Body Fat % measuring tool?
 
I am looking to buy an effective body fat measuring tool. Are skinfold calipers effective?

Darryl Shaw 08-04-2011 04:27 AM

Re: Effective Body Fat % measuring tool?
 
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Originally Posted by Bill Gibson (Post 970320)
I am looking to buy an effective body fat measuring tool. Are skinfold calipers effective?

Used correctly skinfold callipers are accurate to within +/- 4% which is about the same as some of the better quality BIA scales. FWIW I've used one of Tanita's high end Innerscan models with the athlete mode feature for a few years as it's more convenient than callipers and whenever I've been tested using callipers the results have always been within 2% of what the scales say.

adam adkins 08-04-2011 06:10 AM

Re: Effective Body Fat % measuring tool?
 
Mirror

Vasko Naumov 08-04-2011 06:36 AM

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Mirror
The best caliper.

Craig Rogers 08-05-2011 05:38 PM

Re: Effective Body Fat % measuring tool?
 
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Originally Posted by adam adkins (Post 970370)
Mirror

Not always. Lots of people (myself included) have issues with that. I still look at myself in the mirror and see how I used to look 50 lbs ago.

Jason Denny 08-08-2011 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Craig Rogers (Post 971216)
Not always. Lots of people (myself included) have issues with that. I still look at myself in the mirror and see how I used to look 50 lbs ago.

Wow, I thought I was alone in that.

Craig Rogers 08-08-2011 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Jason Denny (Post 972053)
Wow, I thought I was alone in that.

Not even close to alone. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (sp) pretty common among people who have lost weight and common among people with eating disorders. If you want to feel bad for someone watch a 90lb anorexic starving to death talk about how fat she is.


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