Friday, April 5, 2019

Health Management: Weight Loss - Are Body Fat Scales Accurate?

Health Management: Weight Loss - Are Body Fat Scales Accurate?

In the event that you have done any perusing whatsoever about wellbeing and wellness, you know a certain something: muscle versus fat issues, body weight doesn't. While the two do commonly go connected at the hip, there are dependably individuals who have high body weight and seem overweight however have an abnormal state of bulk and are actually, extraordinarily fit.

In the event that you are endeavoring to shed pounds, it is ideal to gauge whether you are losing fat or losing body weight. Body weight can be a blend of fat and slender bulk tissue, which is not exactly perfect.
As you strive to improve your health, you only want to be losing body fat. So this now begs the question, should you invest in a body fat scale? It would seem to be the best solution. This way you can monitor which way your body fat levels are going. Before you run out and buy the first body fat scale you see, however, you do need to keep one thing in mind: not all scales are accurate.

Here is what to keep in mind.

Methods Of Measuring Body Fat Levels. There are many methods of measuring your body fat levels...

1. One approach is to pinch various areas of your body and determine how thick those areas are. The thicker the pinch, the more body fat: this is referred to as a skin caliper reading.

2. Another method is to put yourself through an electronic scanner, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA previously referred to as DEXA), which will determine bone density, fat mass, and lean muscle mass tissue. This is the most accurate method. However, you cannot do it yourself, and it can be costly to have performed.

3. The third method is to use what is known as bio-electrical impedance, which is where an electrical current is sent through your body, and the speed of travel is determined. The current will not travel fast through fat mass, so the slower it is, the more fat you are said to have.

The bio-electrical impedance method seems ideal in theory, but the problem is your hydration levels can throw it off. If you are dehydrated, you will appear much "fatter" than if you are hydrated. This method is the one most home scales go by. While it is beneficial to be able to check your reading conveniently, it is not an accurate one. You can follow the current trend and use one of these home scales but remember you need to be at the same level of hydration at all times. Measuring your levels first thing every morning can help out with your hydration levels being similar.

Getting your body fat checked by a DXA scanner a few times a year and relying on how your clothes look and feel, could be a better approach.

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