body fat %

Discussion in 'Diet & Nutrition' started by moochoo, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. moochoo

    moochoo New Member

    Im not sure if this is the right forum for this so i apologise in advance if its wrong
    But what method does everyone use to measure their body fat %?
    ive been looking at the following products
    tanita scales
    and the other is simply some calipers.
    i am actually blind so i think i may struggle using a pair of calipers? ive never used them before so im not to sure, are they easy to use?
    and are the scales accurate?
  2. micmic

    micmic New Member

    Calipers are better in that they depend less on the hydration levels and bodyweight fluctuations. They are also much cheaper, with $20 you can find a reliable product. Tanita scales and other bioelectric impedance devices are not bad, but you'll have to accept that results may fluctuate greatly from day to day (and even during the same day), so you'll have to average a week's results for a meaningful monitoring of your progress.

    Since you are blind I assume that someone will read the scale or the calipers for you. In the case of calipers, you will have to learn how to use them, but if someone reads a few relevant sites and shows you how to do it, you'll be perfectly able of doing it correctly yourself since it's a matter of feel and not vision. Yes, initially a scale will be easier but I think that in the long run calipers will be equally easy and more reliable. Let me know if you need links to sites with instructions on how to measure your bodyfat level with calipers.

    Calipers measure thickness of skinfolds, so you will also have to plug the numbers in an equation in order to get your actual bodyfat level. This becomes less important as you get the grip of it, since no equation is completely accurate and you will eventually find that just reading one or two skinfolds is a perfectly good indication of your progress. There are also some digital calipers (like FatTrack) which compute automatically your bodyfat level, but you can't rely on the built-in equations for accurate results anyway.

    Consequently, I would advise for calipers if you want a cheaper and more accurate assessment of progress, without the need of continuously estimating your actual bodyfat. But if you would like to have daily a bodyfat estimation without having to use equations, then go for the scales.
  3. moochoo

    moochoo New Member

    cheers for the info, i have gone ahead and ordered some calipers.

    could you send me some links and info on it all?

    Cheers Simon
  4. stevie

    stevie New Member

    Please excuse my ignorance. I do not mean this to sound rude, i am genuinely curious. Being blind, how are you able to read this forum and reply?
  5. micmic

    micmic New Member

  6. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith New Member

    There are peripherals that blind people can actually use to read whats on the screen, braille (sp?) keyboards and the like. They have this other cool braille device that changes as the screen changes and translates the text on the screen and sends it to the device. I work in IT support and when I was at Enron about 4 years ago there was a blind woman I would help support when she was having problems with her equipment.
  7. micmic

    micmic New Member

    And there is always the possibility that someone else is reading it for him :)
  8. moochoo

    moochoo New Member

    i have RP and i am registered blind, but i still have some vision.

    its quite easy to use a PC as i have central vision but no peripheral, but it does mean i walk into just about everything at the gym lol

    cheers for the links ill get reading.

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