JESMICH: I'm not sure what scale you are using. A few years ago I bought a Tanita Body Fat Monitor Scale. I use to record its read-outs for my body fat %, but I doubt very much the accuracy of those results. Even when my weight was in the high 160's, it was still showing my body fat % at 16-17%. That simply was not possible.
I eventually made an appointment with a health-wellness doctor who tested me using Bioelectric Impedance Analysis ( eight-electrode measurement). He had tested me a couple of years before, over a year before I went on my weight-loss program. My body fat % had dropped in 2 years, according to his testing, from 24% to 8.9%. My weight had gone from 212 to 168.
I maintained my weight for over a year and then had a former university wrestling coach, who had been in charge of using calipers for recording body fat % of both collegiate and high school wrestlers, take my skin-fold measurements. After he recorded all the different skin sites, we applied it to several charts. The main one I used was the "7 site Jackson Pollack Method," although we used several others. The upshot was that for the 5 different charts we applied his measurements to, the range was from 9 - 14 body fat %.
It is very difficult to get an accurate measurement for body fat %. Even experts with calipers and even health-wellness doctors using the best BIA equipment will tell you that.
I no longer have a body fat % under 14; that's for sure. If you can afford it, I would recommend that you pay an expert to give you a professional body fat % reading and then check it against your scale. If they are similar, then you have a good scale.
Congratulations on having such a good body fat %. I keep trying to make a goal for myself to get back to an acceptable one, but need a bit more will-power.
"If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred...Have you seen the fool that corrupted his own live body? or the fool that corrupted her own live body? " -- Whitman
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