How do you measure body fat? Do you measure it yourself? Does a doctor or trainer measure our body fat for us?
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Several years ago BFL sold a hand held BMI calibrator. I am not if they still do or not. Ideally a doctor would be best. I have a scale that supposedly does it, but I am not sure how accurate it is.
If you are a member of a gym, they should be able to do it for you with calipers, they seem to be the best, but you have to know how to use them also.
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Calipers would be best, please keep in mind that many experts (including the Mayo Clinic after a study of about 1/2 a million candidates) found that BMI by itself, is not an accurate assesment of an individual's status. Dr Life, a former BFL Champion also mentioned this in his book , The Life Plan, as well.
I agree 100% with WPBill. BMI is not a good way to measure BF.
Something I learned, much to my disappointment, was the weight scales I stood on to measure BF went from toe to hips, and not total body. So saying that, I dont feel they are accurate at all. If you use a hand held BF measurement, it works from finger tips to core ... or so. Not total body.
I think the calipers, and a tape measure are the best gauges to use IMHO. And keep in mind, BF is ALL OVER, and you can still look lean on top, and carry BF in lower half (legs ahhhh - etc).
It's just a number - main thing is to train and eat clean for as long as YOU want, and feel good about YOURSELF.
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Thanks everyone. I mainly wanted to get either a BMI or a body fat percentage for reporting my progress on the forum and my own personal blog. Getting my yearly checkup in a couple of months. Hopefully by then I will reach my goal weight. :)
I take body measurements with a measuring tape. Since the beginning of January, I lost 1 1/2 to 2" in most places. My arms, I lost a 1/2" and each leg, I lost 3/4".
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