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Body fat scale

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I've been using a Tanita scale in the morning and usually get a number in the low 30% range, upper limits of healthy. I can't imagine how I can have that percent of body fat. I just went gluten-free last Monday, and so haven't been eating things that I might eat a bit of, like part of a cookie or baklava when people bring them to work; no sandwiches, etc., and kind of by accident lost a few pounds, down to 136 this morning (I'm 5'10" tall). But my scale gave me 34.4% body fat. I just read on this site that the body fat monitors may overestimate in lean people. I just won't pay attention to that number anymore. (BTW, I'm not trying to lose weight at this point, just trying to exercise more and gain muscle mass. I've got to get going on that!)
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BEHKHEKKHUN 9/30/2013 8:15PM

  I found that dehydration plays a big part. My numbers tend to go up if I am hydrated. Also, it is doing an estimate based on height, weight, age. Then factoring in your level of resistance to electrical current.

I use mine to keep an eye on trends, but I don't know how accurate it is.

Also note I have seen a strong negative correlation with large weight fluctuations. Like today, I came weighed in .8 kg less, but my bf was 1 percent higher. And I have seen the opposite of I weighed in at 1 kg heavier, but my bf was lower...

So I would keep in mind that it is an estimation tool more than a measurement tool...

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TADPOLE17 3/23/2013 3:46PM

    Yes, I've tried in the evening before dinner, which probably gives my lowest reading. That might be most accurate per the manufacturer. I just have to not obsess about numbers!

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USMAWIFE 3/23/2013 10:40AM

    A lot of times, they are not accurate even for those of us who are not lean



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