Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

How To Measure Body Fat


When it all comes down to losing or gaining weight, most people turn to the scales to determine how much they should lose or gain to have the weight or the shape that they desire.

However, health experts said weight alone is not a clear indicator of good health because it does not distinguish between pounds that come from body fat and those that come from lean body mass or muscle.

Being over fat and overweight is not the same. Overweight simply means an excess of total body weight based on population averages for heights and body frame sizes. On the other hand, obesity is defined as an excess of body fat regardless of weight.

What we have to consider, experts said, in order to determine our fitness, is to know our body fat. Remember that body fat is a percentage of your total weight, so even slender people can have dangerously high levels of body fat.

Here are three ways of measuring your body fat:

1. Home Body Fat Scales-- Body fat scales claim to measure body fat quickly and conveniently. These body fat scales use the Bioelectrical Impedance method to measure your body fat percentage. A low-level electrical current is passed through your body and the "impedance", or opposition to the flow of current, is measured.

2. Skin fold Calipers-- Calipers are a tool that looks somewhat like a giant tweezers. These are used to grasp your skin folds at different points on your body and measure the thickness. These measurements are then compared to standard values for persons of your age and gender to give you your estimated body fat.

3. Hydrostatic Weighing-This is just a fancy term for underwater weighing. You sit on a scale inside a tank of water and blow out as much air as you can. You are dunked underwater, where you blow out even more air. Since fat is lighter than water, the more fat you have, the more you will float. The scale measures underwater weight to figure out body density. The margin of error is around 2-3%, but the accuracy depends on the amount of air you expel. You have to blow it ALL out or it will not be as accurate.

This is a difficult way to measure body fat since it can be uncomfortable and even scary to be dunked underwater with no air in the old lungs.

Weight Loss Product Reviews, top rated Weight Loss Product Reviews and site with best Weight Loss Products. http://www.weightlossproductreview.com


MORE RESOURCES:

9NEWS.com

Cats participate in weight loss challenge
9NEWS.com
"Cats are pretty sedentary creatures, so cats are a little bit more prone to gaining weight, said Megan Rees with the Denver Dumb Friends League. The organization has teamed up with Hill's Science Diet for the 10-week Turnaround Weight Loss Challenge.



CNN

He lost 153 pounds, won his first triathlon
CNN
He also keeps two pictures beside his bed, one from before his weight loss and one after, reminding himself every morning and every night, "Never again." Hoffman also continues to look for new ways to improve his personal fitness, describing himself as ...



HEALTHY EATING:Life after weight loss
Wicked Local Dedham
Things to consider before starting a weight loss plan: Over-focusing on exercise and neglecting to significantly change food habits is a recipe for failure. Both are important but an estimated 85 percent of weight loss results from managing food intake ...



Glamour (blog)

You Asked: Is Hot Yoga Good For You—And For Weight Loss?
TIME
You Asked: Is Hot Yoga Good For You—And For Weight Loss? Markham Heid @markhamh. July 9, 2014. SHARE. Hot Yoga Illustration by Peter Oumanski for TIME. Devoted hot yogis swear by the activity's many benefits. Others roll their eyes and wonder: Is ...
Does Hot Yoga Really Help You Lose More Weight?Glamour (blog)

all 3 news articles »


My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22

Study: Post-coffee workout may help with weight loss
WLS-TV
Drinking coffee before a workout can help burn more calories, according to a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise. According to a study by Health.com , the Spanish study found that trained athletes who took ...
Study: Adding Caffeine to Your Workout May Help With Weight LossMy Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22
Pre-workout coffee may help with weight lossWBTV

all 27 news articles »


FDA warns of prescription drugs in weight loss supplements: Tainted dietary ...
The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use six different weight loss supplements because they contain a dangerous drug that was pulled from the market in 2010 because of the risk of heart attack and ...
Tainted Weight Loss Supplement Warning from FDAMonthly Prescribing Reference
Weight Loss Products: Public Notification - Undeclared Drug IngredientsEIN News (press release)
FDA Public Notification: Mix Fruit Slimming Contains Hidden Drug IngredientsFood Consumer

all 7 news articles »


Extreme Weight Loss on ABC David (Recap & Review)
Guardian Liberty Voice
Extreme Weight Loss on ABC tonight follows the year-long weight loss journey of David, from St. Louis, Missouri. David blames himself for the deaths of one of his younger brothers and also his sister when he was a teenager at just age 17. After they ...
David Rushing, 'Extreme Weight Loss': 5 Fast Facts You Need to KnowHeavy.com
Extreme Weight Loss Recap: Chef “Wins” V. UFC Fighter Michael Bisping (7/8/14)Nerdles

all 4 news articles »


New weight loss surgery could cure type 2 diabetes
kdvr.com
DENVER — Obesity is one of the top reasons behind the skyrocketing rate of type 2 diabetes. Overeating and poor nutrition can cause the disease. Now, a Denver surgeon is one of the first to perform a procedure that may actually be a cure. Constance ...



Weight-loss center workers face drug fraud charges
Gainesville Times
Two employees of a Cumming weight-loss center and a medical doctor affiliated with the office face charges in connection with a prescription drug fraud investigation. According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, Teresa Vickers, 52, and Mary Wysong ...



WFMY News 2

Before & After: How To Maintain Weight Loss (A Real Life Example)
WFMY News 2
Check out the before and after pictures; At his heaviest Kent Meeker was 292 pounds, but in 2011 he started a weight loss plan and has been holding steady at 177. You may recognize Kent as one of the 2 Wants to Know tech experts, but now he is passing ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.