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Body Fat Analysis

Friday, June 07, 2013

I went to the Health Promotion Dept of my local hospital this morning and had a body fat analysis done. They put a little suction cup on my bicep which sent infrared lasers (or something) through my body to figure out how much fat I have. It also can tell how much water I have in my system.

And the results are...
Body fat percentage: 24%
**This has me in the upper range of "appropriate for fitness" (21-24%). "Acceptable" is 25-31%. The machine has a +/- 3% accuracy, so I could be in the "acceptable" range.

Total body water: 57%
**The optimal range for women is 55-60%. I hadn't had too much to drink this morning before going in.

They also told me my BMI based on my reported height/weight. I paid $15 for this test (which took 2 seconds), so the least they could have done was weigh me on an accurate scale! (Regular readers know of my frustration with scales!) emoticon

I have no idea the accuracy of the test... There's nothing official on SP but quite a few who have blogged about it or asked about it on the message boards. Here are the FAQs of the company who made the machine I used: .
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  • v STODD251
    I really want to get an accurate body fat analysis done. For the fitness challenge I just did they used some thing that looked like a video game controller that you just held out in front of you. It seemed like there's no way that it can actually be accurate
    1087 days ago
    One of my friends blogged about having a dexascan. I knew they were for checking bone density, but I didn't realize they also check body fat/muscle percentages. Interesting.
    I'd still be tempted to just go buy some generic body fat scale at Wal-Mart or something. :)
    1087 days ago
  • v SLEE103
    So cool! I really want mine done, but I was clueless about where to go and I've heard most are inaccurate expect the submerged in water one (and I'm like WHERE can I find that and how expensive is that??) so I hadn't heard of this test. Thanks for sharing!
    1088 days ago
    emoticon I appreciated the info - learned something new! I had never heard of this test! emoticon
    1089 days ago
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