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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: www.futrex.com/faq.html .
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STODD251 6/9/2013 10:01AM

    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

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DISCIPLINE_DOES 6/8/2013 4:18PM

    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. :)

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SDLEE514 6/7/2013 3:41PM

    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!

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GYPSYROVER 6/7/2013 10:43AM

    emoticon I appreciated the info - learned something new! I had never heard of this test! emoticon

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