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Low cost body composition monitors - how useful are they?

Discussion in 'Optimal Fitness' started by Optimalbound, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. I'd like to keep an eye on my changes in bodyfat percentage and body composition in general, and was wondering if products such as Tanita's line of personal body composition monitors are accurate enough to be useful for this purpose. Anyone who knows?
  2. zoebarry@yahoo.com

    zoebarry@yahoo.com New Member

    They are notoriously inaccurate. I own one but don't even use it. I'm planning on getting a DEXA body comp scan. It's the most accurate and only cost $69........
  3. Ray

    Ray New Member

    Of the cheap measuring techniques, calipers are the best. Here is a cheap, but effective one for example: http://www.amazon.com/Accu-Measure-Fitness-3000-Personal-Tester/dp/B000G7YW74/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1340389338&sr=8-2&keywords=body+fat+caliper

    Here is a site with 6 methods for determining body fat percentage: http://www.linear-software.com/online.html

    I have one of the body-fat measuring scales, but it varies quite a bit depending on how dry the skin on your feet is and your body's hydration level. The calipers are much better.
  4. Thanks, Ray and luvmyzoe! Very useful.
  5. vlynnb

    vlynnb Gold

    What type of facility offers HEXA scans?

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