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MAMACRUNCH SparkPoints: (0)
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2/1/12 12:09 P

Thanks everyone! :) I will talk to my doctor! My main reason for wanting the scale is because I'm losing fat and building muscle at the same time. I'm also signed up for a weight loss challenge at my gym where I will be working with a personal trainer and I'm not sure how they will be measuring the body fat percentage for the competition either. I just don't want to get discouraged with not seeing my weight go down it I've lost a pound of fat but gained 2 pounds of muscle, you know? I don't really care if it's 100% accurate, as long as it's telling me that I'm generally still on the right track. :)

KLPEFFERS Posts: 987
2/1/12 11:47 A

I too have a large amount of titanium in my leg! (actually a femur nail that measures 17 inches long by 1/2 diameter) and lots of screws etc.
I've found that none of the scales nor handheld body fat meters work with this. I can do 10 reading and get 10 different results depending on where I hold it, how I stand on it etc. I'm not sure if its the hardware (I have it in multiple locations throught my body) or if they are simply unreliable.
Bionic legs rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANARIE Posts: 13,200
2/1/12 11:30 A

Check with your doctor to make sure that the little electrical pulses aren't strong enough to hurt you or your titanium. If they say it's safe, then the scale will be of some use to you. You won't be able to get an exact reading on your body fat percentage, but those scales aren't very accurate on that for anyone. The real benefit of those scales is to get relative readings so you can see changes. It should work for you for that way. Titanium isn't a very good conductor of electricity, but it's better than bone, so your reading will show that you have less fat than you really do. But if you average your readings over time, you can see the general trend, which is the best anyone really gets from those scales.

Also, once you have a baseline measure, those scales can help explain weird fluctuations in weight. They measure water, not fat. Fat is dry and muscle is wet, so if you have a low water content for your weight, it will guess that you have more fat than average. What that means, though, is that if your weight has gone up because of water retention, you can see it as a drop in "fat percentage." If your weight goes up suddenly but your fat percentage goes down, you're probably retaining water. If your weight goes down suddenly but your fat percentage goes up, you're probably dehydrated. Again, it should work the same for you as it does for anyone, except that the individual readings will all be lower.

BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 6,730
2/1/12 11:24 A

You should ask your doctor this question. You may be able to get a accurate reading with being submerged in the water, or another way is with calipers.

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2/1/12 11:09 A

OK, so long story short, I shattered my leg and it's now held together with large amounts of titanium... I want to get a good scale that will tell me body fat % but seems they work by sending a mild electrical current through your body to measure resistance and tell you about body fat, body water, bone mass, etc... I am wondering if having a hypothetical lightning rod in my leg is going to render it useless for me or alter my readings in any way?

Anyone know anything about this? I have been trying to find information, but I haven't been having any luck! LOL (apparently not everyone has this lightning rod issue! LOL)

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