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Understand Your Body Fat Percentage

Body Fat Percentage is how much of your body is composed of fat (adipose tissue) and how much of your body is composed of muscle, bone, internal organs, skin, tissue, hair, etc. The dilemma is selecting what type of equipment or test to use to calculate body fat percentage.

There are various methods such as Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), Infrared Analysis on the Bicep, Skin Fold Calipers, Hydrostatic Weighing, and our body fat calculator.

The one variable that you need to take into consideration is that all of these tests have a standard of error. To keep that error to a minimum, make sure that all the equipment is correctly calibrated, properly maintained, and that the same individual who does the initial measurement also does the follow-up tests.

If you use different individuals to measure your body fat every few weeks or months, the data may be compromised because of improper training or by changing the testing site on your body.

When it comes to hydrostatic weighing and calculating body fat percentage, this measurement is ideal, but it can be tricky. This test is done by submerging yourself underwater, and then expelling all the air out of your lungs in order to get a true measurement. The variable that creates a small percentage error is the amount of residual air volume that is left in your lungs when trying to expel all of your air out.

If you have the chance to try hydrostatic weighing, I would strongly encourage you to do so, but if it is not feasible, then the other types of measuring body fat percentage will do, just be consistent with who does the measuring and that the equipment is working properly.

Both your BMI and Body Fat Percentage are great tools to assess overall health risk, but they need to be selected based on who is getting measured, what is the purpose of the measurement and what is the ultimate goal of the result you achieve.

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