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Watch Out For This BIG Mistake When Measuring Your Body Fat Percentage…

By Rob Poulos...

The most important measurement to watch in determining
whether you’re burning fat, or just losing water or lean
body mass weight is that of your relative body fat
percentage.  Period.

If you don’t get a fairly accurate measurement of this vital
statistic, all sorts of mental guessing games can occur,
leading to more frustration about your progress.

In the past, if you wanted to get a good measure of your
body fat percentage, you needed to undergo underwater
(hydrostatic) weighing.  (This is still the best method for
determining your body fat percentage, but the most difficult
to get done).

Or you could get one of those skin fold calipers and pinch
your body all over the place to get your relative body fat
percentage..

There are also some simple mathematical formulas you can use
to get a good idea of where you’re at.

But, in recent years, a variety of body fat scales and other
bio electrical impedance devices appeared on the scene
claiming to give you an accurate measure of your body fat
relatively easily.

Just step on a scale and wait a few seconds.  How easy is
that? But the better question is…how good is that?  How
accurate are these things and should we use them to track
our fat loss and fitness progress?

Well, here’s the truth about bio electrical impedance for
measuring your body fat:

These devices work by sending a low level electrical current
through your body and the “impedance” is measured.  This
impedance is combined with a few other factors in
determining your results.

But, your impedance can vary depending on several other
attributes besides your body fat. These include your recent
activity levels, your skin temperature, and water level.

So, in order to get the most out of these devices, you’ll
want to avoid eating, drinking, or working out for several
hours prior to testing yourself.  The best way to do this is
to use them in the morning right upon waking.

Even with these tips, the variance level of the data that
these devices spit out can be u.p to 6 percent higher or
lower than your actual body fat percentage.

But, as long as you are testing yourself at the same time
every morning, on an empty stomach, it can still be an
accurate measurement of loss or gain, even if it is an
overall inflated or deflated number.

Now, here’s another huge issue with these devices that must
be addressed.  The body fat scales pass this electrical
current through your lower body, and most often it doesn’t
reach your upper body.

And with the hand gripper bio electrical impedance devices,
you are receiving the current through your upper body and
not your lower body in most instances.

It appears to be a best practice, then, to use both the
scale and the hand gripper, right upon waking, and then take
an average of the two.  This is critical for many people who
store their body fat in one half of the body more than the
other.

Well, I hope this gives you a good idea of how you can use
these simple and easy bio electrical impedance devices to
track your body fat percentage…and more importantly, how
to avoid the flaws inherent in these scales and hand
grippers.

Here’s to getting lean, strong, and healthy for life,
Rob

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