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JESMICH SparkPoints: (13,164)
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10/5/13 11:45 A

emoticon It's funny that you mention that because my scale is the cheapest one you can buy that measures water, fat, bone and muscle. I'm laughing now but for the last 8 weeks I could see myself getting smaller but my scale wasn't really budging. My scale has a sensitivity of about 2 lbs. which is why I would only notice every couple weeks would be a change. Also I have been exercising enough that I had to change the setting on my scale. There are two settings normal and athlete. With my workouts and weight loss I had become fit enough to fall into the athlete category. Now it coincides with what I and the charts agree is approximately my percent. It was frustrating that my number on the scale didn't back up what I was seeing but I didn't let it bother me too much. I could see the changes so I didn't really need the scale to tell me I just wanted the validation. Now that I use mine right it's a lot better scale than I thought. Thanks for the input.

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10/4/13 10:15 P

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.

JESMICH SparkPoints: (13,164)
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10/4/13 12:48 P

Thanks I forgot about that chart.

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10/3/13 7:43 P

Try the age/bodyfat tables at
for more information.


JESMICH SparkPoints: (13,164)
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10/3/13 5:44 P

Any problem with having a bf% below 15 for 40 year old, healthy male. I'm at 16.3 according to my scale and want to drop a couple more points but read that 15-18 is ideal to maintain. I'm thinking I would like to try to maintain 13 or 14. Thanks.

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