Day 9: Methods of Measuring Fat
Today, I woke up and weighed myself. Weight is: 84.4Kg. Yesterday I consumed 500 calories below my BMR and did 0 calories of exercise above my BMR. Total deficit is 500.
Yesterday was a road trip. Sat in a car for 10 hours. Losing weight was a little hard.
There are many ways to measure fat. Some are more accurate than others. This blog post will be a discussion on some of those techniques. I’ll look at how it works, how to do it, how accurate it is, and how expensive it is.
Calipers: You measure various spots on your body, and use a formula to convert those measurements into a body fat percentage. The least accurate, but the easiest to do. You can do it yourself. Better tools, having a partner measure, and more testing locations equals better results. You can find calipers for as little as $3.00 on Amazon.
Electrical Properties: Electrical currents are sent through the body and the way they change as the pass from the emitter to the sensor is used to measure body fat percentage. The accuracy can be affected by hour to hour changes in the body, such as fluid retention and the quality of the device. You can find these for as little as $15.00 on Amazon.
Body Density: You measure body density based on measuring body mass and water displacement when fully submerged. This is an accurate method, but requires a lab to do the accurate displacement measurement. I’ve never done this and never investigated the price. Some places may do it for free when you sign up for professional training.
There are many other ways, but most just do different versions of the three I presented.