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Old 04-15-2004, 09:57 AM   #1
John Frazer
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What's the best way to do this (short of underwater weighing) before tweaking one's diet?

A quick search shows many different skinfold caliper measurements, as well as different measurements of waists, hips, wrists, etc. There are also the electric resistance scales, etc....
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Old 04-15-2004, 01:13 PM   #2
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All the tests are approximations. None of them are totally accurate. The single best test that I know of is the "mirror test". Stand you naked *** in front of the mirror from time to time and take a peak.
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Old 04-15-2004, 03:34 PM   #3
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I tried that but I looked in the mirror and couldn't see my penis, am I fat?
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Old 04-15-2004, 03:50 PM   #4
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I tried that but I looked in the mirror and couldn't see my penis, am I fat?

Not necessarily. You might be:
1) Female
2) Meagerly endowed
3) Standing too far from the mirror
4) Extremely hairy
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:22 PM   #5
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ROTFLMAO!!!! Myron, Patrick, it's 7am here and you're killing me!!!:biggrin::lol:
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Old 04-16-2004, 08:43 AM   #6
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Interestingly, a web search turned up a whole lot of different body fat calculators, using everything from pure height/weight calculations, to pinch measurements, to formulae incorporating tape measurement of body parts and physical activity levels.

Interestingly, significantly different approaches all came out remarkably close for me (5 or 6 tests, results ranging from 12-15% with several in the 13% range).
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Old 04-16-2004, 09:57 AM   #7
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John, I use a digital caliper. I don't totally trust the results in regards to actual BF% numbers but the number goes up when I gain fat and down when I lose, so it's a good benchmark. The only place I gain noticeable fat in in my ab region so a pure ab skinfold measurement works. ottom line we all know when BF% increases by the way our clothing fits and how we feel, so the mirror test works pretty well.
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Old 04-16-2004, 10:08 AM   #8
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What Patrick said, or this scale.

20%+ = can't see it.
10-20% = can see it
under 10% = looks bigger

Whose that for diet inspiration?
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Old 04-18-2004, 04:02 PM   #9
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Bill,

Why do you think I was striving to get sub 10% bodyfat :biggrin:

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Old 04-18-2004, 07:28 PM   #10
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I didnt wanna start a thread on this, which is why I'm glad this one came up.

I have OCD with my abs (weird, but once again, it is OCD) Here are the symptoms:

1. Me and my calipers are PB and J. I wake up in the morning and take supraliac, abdominal, midlaxia, and quadricep measurments.

2. Every time I go to the bathroom, I give my stomach a good stare. Since I drink over a gallon of water a day, this happens QUITE often!

3. If I go off my diet just a little bit(i.e. glass of milk, or an extra apple) I get extremely freaked out and whip out the calipers!

4. After big meals, I REALLY start obsessing!!! Looking in the mirror over and over and over and over and over and over again; to make sure im STILL at my 4.5 percent bodyfat that I should not be ashamed of anyway, but rather, understand that if I eat over 2 or 3 pounds of food in one sitting, my stomach is gonna change size!! I act as if Im gonna see a layer of fat wave over before my eyes!!

5. I dont chase women, Im not a bodybuilder, I dont go swimming or hang out with people, but I still HAVE TO BE ABSOLUTELY FREAKY LEAN!!!

5. THAT is OCD!!

You all say a prayer for me!

Cheers

Roy
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