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Fat Calipers


#1

I just got some Accumeasure Digital fat calipers today at a clearance sale today. I know where to pinch, but exactly how much should I pinch? Should I pinch as hard as I can?


#2

you take a 3 inch fold of skin at the respective sites. I would pinch fairly hard, as you are trying to get a true reading. Also, be sure to pull the fold away from the skin as much as possible.


#3

Really weird... my BF% is coming out to 7.8% whereas on a Tanita BF scale it was 10%. Which one's more accurate?


#4

Both methods will give you a ball park reading. The object is to use the same method the whole time and to track your progress via that method.


#5

There will always be variations between "method A" and "method B" because they rely on different assumptions and different study results to generate the value for %body fat. Joel is correct about using them to track the changes over time. Keep using both methods and see if the variation (about a 2% difference) remains consistent as you increase or decrease your body fat.