31/10/2013 0 Comments
Measuring body fat composition
Recently, I started using Omron bodyfat monitor model BF 306 to measure my body fat percentage as I am giving more focus on my physique. Although there are better alternatives to measure bodyfat such as using underwater weighing or DEXA scanning, these methods are expensive and time-consuming. I use electronic bodyfat monitor as it is less expensive and more convenient. Another alternative is by skinfold measurements with a skinfold caliper,which is the least expensive. But this requires a lot of practices to get a consistent reading repeatedly.
The monitor may not give a highly valid (accurate) reading. However, as long as I take it under similiar conditions, it will give a fairly accurate and more importantly, a reliable (consistent) reading. I am more concerned with the changes in my bodyfat % rather than my true bodyfat %. I take my readings after I woke up in the morning, brush my teeth and relieve myself. Refer to the FAQs from Omron's website for details.
My latest reading is 9.9%. Would like to see how I look and perform at a lower %.
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