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Old 08-04-2011, 12:31 AM   #1
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Effective Body Fat % measuring tool?

I am looking to buy an effective body fat measuring tool. Are skinfold calipers effective?
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:27 AM   #2
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Re: Effective Body Fat % measuring tool?

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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.

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Old 08-04-2011, 06:10 AM   #3
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:36 AM   #4
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:38 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:00 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:55 PM   #7
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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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