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I was wondering if anyone here has tried the scales that purport to not only weigh you but tell you you're body fat percentage. Do they work? Do you find it motivating, particularly when the numbers aren't moving so fast? And lastly any brand recommendations?

Sun. Jun 10, 12:34am

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Dont trust scales, those numbers lie. Because you may be increasing body weight but it could mean that you gained muscle which is good since muscle boosts your metabolism since they are extremely caloric expensive. People should be more concerned about they're body fat. Some people use callipers, but the most accurate way to measure body fat is called hyrdrostatic weighing. Women should be at least 13-19% bodyfat (excellent range) while men are 10 to 15% body fat.

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 5:12 AM

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Sorry I meant 5 to 15% for men.

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 5:15 AM

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I have a Tanita scale that measures body fat. I like the scale b/c it's digital and weighs to the ounce, keeps track of gains and losses from the last weigh-in, lets you program it based upon gender, height & activity level (I think it gives you daily calories to maintain...)

It does also give a reading for body fat, but I usually don't pay much attention to it - I question the accuracy - when I feel bloated the numbers are higher, there's a lot of fluctuation, etc. I just note general trends.

What I find more motivating when the scales don't seem to be moving are body measurements. I take measurements at my waist, hips, bicep, and thigh every two weeks or so. When I've been consistent with my eating and exercise, but the scale isn't reflecting a loss (usually due to water weight) then I measure myself - I usually see smaller numbers which reinforces my efforts. HTH

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 10:03 AM

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speaking of body fat has anyone seen this
It's being released on Friday and it's approved over the counter by the FDA. Not sure it will work but I think I'll give it a try anyway.

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 11:49 AM

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I agree, I have a Tanita scale and I don't think it's 100% accurate, but at least I can see a trend of BF going upwards or downwards, which is what I use it for.

I understand that the only way to truly test BF is to do a dunk test in a pool of water.

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 5:16 PM

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I was used two different body fat measurer with in 10 minutes at a health fair. They were vastly different in their findings. One was a scale you stand on and the other used your grip. I didn't trust either one. I have also heard that the pool method is the most accurate.

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 7:20 PM

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Right you have to get dunked in a tank, and thats as accurate as it gets. Its called hydrostatic weighing. Nobody should really be relying on the scale alone, since our body weight tends to fluctuate from time to time

Sunday, June 10, 2007, 8:02 PM

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I have one of the gripper ones, and have for about 6 years. IMine is very accurate and consistant.

Monday, June 11, 2007, 2:01 PM

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