An Updated Thread for body fat scales

  1. An Updated Thread for body fat scales

    I did a search for body fat scales here and got 3 hits. 2 of which came from the Weight Loss section of this site so I decided to post here. Also, the most recent thread on this topic is 3 years old.

    Anyway, I have always heard that these scales are not very accurate. Buuuut, it has been 3 years since the last thread on this topic so maybe the technology has improved since then.

    The reason I'm interested in one is because I want something simple to track the progress I'm making as far as getting rid of fat and adding muscle.

    While calipers are accurate, you still have to make sure you measure the exact same spots each time, do multiple measurements and average them out, and yada yada yada. By the time I do that I will have lost interest or will not have done things accurately and the results would be off anyway.

    What I would like is a decent scale that does body fat that is at least consistent enough to measure my progress, if one exists. Anyone have any input or recommendations of brands and/or models for me to look into if I should look into them at all?

    Thanks for the input everyone.

  2. me too....bump

  3. Quote Originally Posted by Cfour View Post
    me too....bump
    For what its worth, I went on epinions, amazon, and a few other places to check out reviews and just decided to pull the trigger on a Tanita. Specifically a Ironman Model BC554. Hope that helps, it shipped today so I hope to have it soon.
  4. UKStrength
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    The only Electrical Impedence (EI) device I have any experience with is the Maltron BF906

    It's sometimes used in clinic, especially with bed-bound patients that have skin irritations or injuries/diseases that prevent me taking a skinfold or weighing them.

    Like any EI device it's extremely inaccurate, however I take your point that skinfolds, too can be just as bad if you don't have consistency in measurements.

    I take it you just want an 'idea' of what BF% you are, in which case something like this I've heard is pretty consistent for measuring bodyfat percentage:

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    The trend is far more important than the figure given.

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