How To Measure Body Fat At Home

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Believe it or not, measuring body fat can actually be fun. This does not necessarily mean that you are going to see the results, but you do not know exactly, someone has to tell either. The process involved in finding your body fat involves a little legwork and a few key tools.

Manual

Digital Readings

  • Weigh yourself. On the scales first thing in the morning. Wear as little clothing as possible.
  • Purchase an analyzer. This is a battery powered digital machine that is held in the hands or stood up to read body fat. The hand version costs about $ 60 (see Resources below).
  • Enter your data. The digital screen will ask you about your age, weight, height, activity, and gender.
  • Wait for the display. Now wrap your hands around the galvanized handles and stretch your arms straight out in front of you. Press the Start button and wait about seven seconds. Your body fat percentage will now be displayed.

The Squeeze Is On

  • Get a caliper.  A caliper is a handheld device that you use to pinch different areas of skin folds on your body. These come in digital or regular versions and cost about $ 30.
  • Enter your data. The digital skin folds also require that you enter personal information. Follow the instructions and answer the questions. Unlike the body fat analyzer, that only asks about your age and gender.
  • Find your skin wrinkles. On the screen, you will ask for three different skin folds. They are up, middle and low. The upper chest area is that between the nipple and the shoulder in a diagonal line. The middle is the area between the main strand and the pelvic bone and which is low on the front of the thigh.
  • Get trapped. This is where an assistant comes in. Have him do the skin folds for you. Locate the location of the crease, pinch the area with your thumb and forefinger and place the caliper about 1 inch below it. (He should be pinching the skin with one hand and using the caliper with the other side.) Since he’s pinching the skin with the caliper, have him press the button on the top pinching arm. It will make a beep. Then do the same for the middle and lower. The results will then be displayed.
  • track your results. Write down all your results, giving you something to compare with for future results. Be sure to make a note of the date, and the best rule of thumb is to check every four weeks.
  • Use a handbrake caliper. There are also handbrake calipers available that work in a similar way. Such an instrument is called AccuMeasure. To use this saddle, pinch the same three locations as digital calipers. Then you can add these numbers and the comparison types them the chart that comes with it. This will then give you your body fat percentage (see Resources below).

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Believe it or not, measuring body fat can actually be fun. This does not necessarily mean that you are going to see the results, but you do not know exactly, someone has to tell either. The process involved in finding your body fat involves a little legwork and a few key tools.

Tips and Warnings

If you use the skinfold method, women have a different location for the upper crease. It is performed on the back of the upper arm (middle of the triceps). When making the skin folds, using the non-saddle fingers, place them about 3 inches apart, then hold the skin. Whenever you do follow-up measurements they always do exactly the same way, at the same time, under the exact same variables. Doing skin folds, always do it on the right side of the body. There are some external factors that can alter body fat measurements. These include hydration, caffeine, mealtimes and high levels of sodium. Take these into account when calculating your body fat.

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