Knowing how to measure your body fat can help you to stay on track with your fitness goals and get the body that you want. Surprisingly, even if you are thin you can still have a high percentage of body fat. If you are overweight, having a high percentage of body fat can cause many different health problems. It is important to get an idea of your body fat percentage and to track it while you are dieting and working out so that you can ensure that you are moving in the right direction and getting closer to the body you want.
Here are some tips on how to measure your body fat. You should choose a method of measuring body fat that is easy for you and always have a good idea of where your body fat percentage lies. You also need to watch your body fat when you are losing weight to assure that you are in fact, losing fat and not losing muscle or water weight.
Home Body Fat Scales- With the use of biometrical impedance method you can get your body fat measured with this equipment. You get mild currents run through your body in opposite directions. You won't feel these currents running through you. Both currents are measured and compared to your weight, making it possible for your body fat to be identified. It’s advised that you don't eat 3 to 4 hours prior to the test. You should also avoid doing any physical exercises 12 hours prior to the measurement.
Skinfold Caliper- This is the most cost effective way to measure your body fat. It’s important you learn how to use it. You can get an expert to assist you if you want, or else you'll have to get some measure calipers and read the instructions that come with it.
Hydrostatic Weighing-This is another popular and most effective way to measure body fat. Like it clearly, states "hydro" mean you use water to measure our body fat by going under it with a weighing tank. Its works by measuring the quantity of water displaced when you immerse yourself into the tank. There is a physics principle that states that the quantity of water displaced when an object is partly or completely immersed in water is equal to the weight of that object. After you've been immersed, a formula is used to calculate your body fat base on your body density.
Remember you don't need to measure your body fat that often - once or twice a month is plenty, otherwise, you'll just be picking up natural fluctuations in your body. But do keep a note of your statistics, and then you can compare readings. This should give you a good idea of how much body fat you are losing - and it is very motivating to see the figures changing!