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Review of Body Fat Scales

Body Fat Scales

What are Body Fat Scales?

Body fat scales measure your percentage of body fat. Similar to weighing scales in size and look but - in addition to calculating what you weigh - they also calculate your body fat percent. Awareness of body fat percentage is an important factor in developing health and fitness routines, and is a benchmark for setting goals and measuring weight loss progress.

How do Body Fat Scales Work?

Most body fat scales can be operated without training or assistance. When you step on the scales and a sensitive foot-pad sends a low, electrical current through the body fat to evaluate its composition. According to studies it is a safe and harmless way to measure approximate body fat, although accuracy is limited in the case of women who experience unusually high water retention.

How is Body Fat Measured?

Body composition (fat and muscle tissue) is calculated mathematically, based upon the speed at which the signal passes through the body. The more muscle or lean tissue (muscles consists mostly of water) a person has, the more water their body contains. The greater the amount of water in a person's body, the easier it is for the current to pass through it. Similar to stepping on a traditional scale, it gives you a reading of both weight and body fat in about 30 seconds.

How to Use Body Fat Scales

  • Check your body fat without wearing clothes, as clothes may affect the results.
  • Drink some of water (1 glass) one hour before checking your fat percent.
  • Do your fat-test when your bladder is empty, each time at the same time of day - ideally a couple of hours after getting up.
  • Measure your fat at a similar room temperature everyday, as skin temperature may affect the electrical current used by the scales.
  • Don't test yourself after exercising, as dehydration after exercise may affect results.

Buying Body Fat Scales

Choose body fat scales with a suitable profile for your needs. You may need to calibrate the machine differently for different people, like kids or athletes. Price guide for regular scales: $60.00- $200.00. Tanita machines are one of the most popular brands.

Are Body Fat Scales Safe?

Body fat scales use a technique called Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to measure body fat where a small electrical current is passed through the body. Generally, bioelectrical impedance analysis is a safe and harmless way to measure body fat, except for one specific category of user. Exception: individuals with pacemakers and other internal medical devices or those taking heart medication or diuretics should not use this type of (electrical current) body fat scales.

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