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What your Body Fat Percentage Means

There are many different methods for measuring body fat, but some are more accurate than others. Hydrostatic weighing and other high-tech machines are expensive and almost impossible for a layperson to access. There are also hand-held devices and scales which measure body fat, but these are often inaccurate. For our purposes, the easiest and most accurate choice is the caliper method. The caliper method—which you can learn to do yourself—measures skin folds and then puts those measurements into a formula. The formula will then spit out an estimated body fat percentage. Those formulas can also determine your fat weight and lean mass weight. Depending on the type of formula you use, you’ll grab skin folds of various areas of your body. It can be terribly difficult to pinch yourself and read the caliper at the same time. That’s why I recommend getting a qualified professional to do your body fat measurement. If you don’t have a pro at your disposal, grab a friend and learn how to measure each other’s body fat together using this article as your guide. To read more click here!