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Tanita Scales - Getting a correct reading

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

So for some reason I took a full diagnostic reading off my scales the other night, (I usually jump on in the morning before I fill myself up with a day of eating and drinking).

I was amazed to see the scales claim my body fat and estimated age was incredibly low compared to the previous week so it started alarm bells ringing. What could be off?

The only physical difference I could imagine was the fact that I would have been better hydrated at night than first thing in the morning. This would sure affect the signal passing through my body as it would conduct differently through dehydrated legs than juicy ones.

Sure enough after a few minutes research on the Tanita website I found an FAQ that backed up this theory. According to them the best time to take a reading is about 3 hours after a meal or after you rise. This gives you body enough time to distribute water so it would be at a more regular hydration level.

The next day I jumped on the scales at 11am and the reading was about halfway between the morning one and the one from the night before. Which made far more sense.
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