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    Fat Monitors

    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.

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    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)

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    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.
    You mean you're not 40% BF Tom? haha just kidding.

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by SplitQuick View Post
    You mean you're not 40% BF Tom? haha just kidding.
    Maybe I am just in denial...

    Like you suggested these scales could be a good way to track progress regardless of how accurate the numbers are in relation to your actual body composition.
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