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Muscle vs fat

How do you know if you've put on muscle, not fat? The scale may stay the same or even go up, but that may be from increase of muscle. Does anyone use a caliper? How do you know without going to a personal trainer?

Mon. Oct 17, 11:18pm

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good question

anyone got an answer? i'd love to know it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 8:32 AM

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I have a scale that measures muscle mass and body fat (among other things), so that I know what's going on in my body. It's pricey but worth it. (Tanita BC533 Glass Innerscan Body Composition Monitor, got it on amazon)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 8:43 AM

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Thaks for the suggestion. How does this scale work? How does it know what your body composition of fat vs muscle is? Have you ever verified it works vs another method of measurement? I'll totally buy it if it really works.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 9:01 AM

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The way gyms/trainers measure body fat/muscle mass is by using machines that send an electromagnetic pulse through your body. I'd bet that scale works the same way.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 9:22 AM

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I have a scale that does the same. Supposedly it sends a pulse through your body, so you have to use it when naked and put your bare feet in the proper spot. I haven't tested it against another method. If you are very muscular, it would be inaccurate (like BMI). I've read that some people have their fat measured hydrostatically at local colleges, but I can't find anything about it anywhere.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 9:31 AM

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