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What is your body fat percentage?

I just purchased a body fat scale and I am interested in everyones calculations. I know they may be 100% accurate, however, I notice that some that are the same height as me but weigh less have a higher body fat percentage. I'm curious to see others calculations.

My calculations are:

26.6% body fat
60.6% water

Mon. Aug 21, 11:17am

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129 lbs
26% body fat

Monday, August 21, 2006, 11:43 AM

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This wasn't based upon a scale but the actual skin caliper testing.

5' 5 3/4"

Monday, August 21, 2006, 11:57 AM

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what is skin caliper testing?

Monday, August 21, 2006, 11:57 AM

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They use a small metal object and measure the thickness of your skin folds at various spots (triceps, thigh, waistline). There might be 2 or 3 other areas but they only did 3 on me. Anyway, I don't know how that copmares to the scales. I've never been on one. But I do know that according to the BMI found on the internet where you plug in your height and weight, my "normal" would be 23.7 and instead I'm 22.3. I liked this much better because it made me feel like they were looking at MY body composition, not just a person at X amount of weight and height and making assumptions. I found that our local hospital had someone who did these tests for $5.

Monday, August 21, 2006, 1:57 PM

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Im 5 ft
weight 133
bodyfat: 31.8 %

Damn, im high in this group, but im working on it! It used to be 38% (about a a yr ago). This was using a digital/computer like machine

Monday, August 21, 2006, 3:26 PM

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Height: 5'5"
Weight: 150
Body fat: 25%

I'm getting there... one more point to a healthy BMI

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 10:08 AM

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5' 5"
142 lbs.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 5:57 PM

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between 177 and 181 depending on the time of day


I am over a third FAT!!!!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 11:50 AM

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I wanted to ask a question about body fat percentages, I have a tanita scale and in the set up for reading BFP I can choose the gender of the user. When I log in as a female (I am) I get a reading of 34% or so. I weigh 138 pounds and am 5ft 5, but I don't think I look as if my BFP should be that much.

Do you think I should try logging in as a male? Why does sex matter for calculating percentage?

I'm just very confused by it all at the minute, especially after reading everyone else's results

Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 12:12 PM

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12:12 poster

Men carry more muscle, women more fat (as a percentage). The weight scales that also read BFP are not very accurate. The %'s can vary quite a bit just depending on what time of day you take a reading, they will read higher in the morning and lowest in the evening or at night. (opposite of body weight)

If you want to use your scale to monitor BF%, pick a day to test yourself and take readings throughout the day. When you determine the time of day you get your lowest reading, use that time period to check BF%, everytime. Don't worry whether your reading is 100% accurate just keep track of how much lower (or higher) the daily or weekly readings go from your starting point. Then you will know if your workouts or diets are taking you in the right direction! You might even take a weekly reading and then average them for a month to month comparison.

And please don't compare youself to the numbers you see posted here! So many reasons they could be off from actual. (Hydration effects readings a lot)


Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 2:43 PM

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