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  • Calculating body fat?

    Hi all--

    Just wondering how everybody's calculating their body fat. I'm 5'5" and 110 lbs. Skinny but not muscular, and I want to make sure I'm not "skinny-fat". When I do gain a few pounds, it goes right to my belly. My grandmother was a classic apple shape--big round belly with no butt, skinny little stick arms and bird legs. That's my future if I'm not careful. Thanks!

  • #2

    That's how I keep track of mine. Of course it's probably not accurate, but it will give you a general idea if you want to keep track over time.


    • #3

      The best way is hydrostatic underwater weighing, or hydrodensitometry if you're searching for a location that performs the test. They weigh you dry, then sit you on a chair and have you expel all your air, put you underwater and weigh you. There is an equation I don't recall that allows them to extrapolate bodyfat from the two weights. I'm in MN and it can very inexpensively around here...not sure about other areas. Good luck!


      • #4

        Get yourself one of these:

        Accu-Measure Calipers

        It's only $20 and is reasonably accurate. I have a set and know my percentage, and that website under-quoted me by a good 10%. It takes a few tries to get used to it, but once you have it, you know for sure where your body composition is going. And, it's made to be self-use, so you don't need a helper to measure for you.

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