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cwdlaw
04-12-2005, 08:31 PM
Are the electronic bodyfat scales accurate at estimating bodyfat?

pizzaman
04-13-2005, 12:06 AM
There is a thread on the Tanita scale you should check out: http://www.bodybuildingrevealed.com/members/showthread.php?t=2429&highlight=tanita

Bottom line is that the scales are not the best in terms of accuracy, and are affected by variables such as how much water you have in your body.

However, Consumer Reports rated bodyfat scales in general as being very precise, meaning that they will consistently give the same reading given the same conditions. So presumably if you are careful to always measure yourself at the same time of day (perhaps first thing in the morning) to eliminate as many of the variables as possible, you will get over the long term an indication of how much your body fat is increasing or (hopefully) decreasing. However, as noted in the Tanita thread, not everyone agrees that the results are even useful for that.

But to get an accurate absolute measurement you would need to use another method, such as caliper test by a trained user.