You can get cheap plastic calipers for under $10.
You can get digital hand held devices for about $35.
Just wondering if anyone's using one, and what you think about them.
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I've got a tanita bodyfat monitoring scale. I wouldnt call it too accurate, but if you make sure to measure yourself every day at the same time, under the same conditions, you can at least track progress.
Its a better measure of change than a definitive bodyfat percentage. Though my scale is pretty old, so maybe the newer ones are more accurate.
Calipers can be incredibly accurate or horribly inaccurate depending on the person who's doing the measurement.
Like Rugg said, it's best to use it as a progressive method as opposed to an accurate measurement (unless you do a DEXA scan)
Most of the electronic devices do not work well for individuals with a high body mass index.
For example I recently used a scale that said that I am 40% bodyfat because I am 5'8 230 lbs; this particular scale was simply using a BMI chart to come up with an estimated body composition.
I have a weight watchers scale that does the electronic pulse to check BF. It has been a HUGE help. Not in determining my accurate body fat% , but like mentioned earlier to track progress.
When I bought the scale about 3 months ago I was 192 lbs. I'm now about 202-204 and since then it has shown my BF% to decrease 3%. Without that scale I'd just think I gained 10 lbs and got even fatter... :P