BF % Scale - I don't get this

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  1. Wombats Unlimited

    Wombats Unlimited OT Supporter

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    Last year at this time I was 180, 15% bf, and chubby with no ab definition, no muscle and no strength. This year, after cutting to 155 in the summer and then bulking hard for 6 months, I'm 183 and back at 15% according to my scale, but I KNOW I've put on some decent muscle, hell my legs are about twice as wide and there's new mass everywhere, I still have ab definition (in the right light) and ribs showing and my lifts have about doubled since I started, so I know I put muscle on, and I don't think I'm as fat as I was last year, but my BF % scale is telling me I'm exactly the same composition I was last year, I don't get it. What could be the reason for this?
     
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    body fat scales are notorious for being in accurate if you are not fully hydrated, and some other things that do not come to mind right now, plus from my experience they are just generally not very consistent or accurate. in regard to your current situation however, the scale might be right, if you can only see your abs in the right light, that sounds about like 15% bodyfat, and since the last time you checked yourself at 15% was a year ago, you might just not be remembering correctly...just a speculation

    also there was a link on here a while ago that described each of the levels of bodyfat along with pictures of each from 20% on down to like 3 or 4%, maybe one of hte guys on this thread can find it for you....it might help you see where you are at
     
  3. zyg0te

    zyg0te I've made a huge mistake.

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    get some calipers
     
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    Or just go to the gym and ask them to do it for you
     
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    those calipers are only rated to be accurate within 5%. therefore its hard to get accurate readings. Especially at different times of the day, after eating different foods.
     
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    No. Those machines they use at most gyms are even worse.
     
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    DCyamaha O-line found

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    even the ones that use the electrode type deals?
     
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    ACURA TL-S OT Supporter

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    Alot of gyms offere caliper testing. There is also the slight chance that your gym might have a bodpod.
     
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    The electrode things are just as bad as the bodyfat scales, they work on the same principal.
     
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    Problem 1 has been said (handscales aren't accurate)
    Problem 2 is you cut 25 lbs when you were only 15% bodyfat, you lost a crapton of muscle, you put it back on but you're back to where you started. Learn how to cut properly, you should have only lost about 15lbs.
     
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    Chris3G Bullshark Testosterone

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  12. Leo95SE

    Leo95SE The OMINOUS one

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    some readings from my BF scale.

    183lbs at 18%bf.

    180 lbs at 23%bf.

    this is in a matter of a few days. the weight difference is mostly due to time of day/meals/craps, etc. the % diff? chalk it up to whogivesafuck.

    with my one pinch test of my caliper, i get 11-15%. looking at myself, id say im around 18-20%.

    in the end, it doesnt matter what the numbers say as long as youre happy.
     
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    That's what I'm reffering to actually.
     
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    The BF scale don't measure your bodyfat actually. They find out your LBM because water conducts electricity and they assume that muscles contain more water. At last, it tries to substract the quantity of LBM and evaluate grossly your BF. So the difference in BF might be due to water consumption or some other thing.
     
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    sweetcheeks Patron Saint of Quality Footwear

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    Those scales are highly inaccurate. A few months ago I stepped on my gf's bf% scale and it told me I was 25% bf. Fuck that noise.

    This is me at "25%" bf:
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    I'd like to think I was somewhere around sub 10% bf. Anyways, since then I don't put a lot merit into bf% measurements. To echo what Leo95SE said, if you can tell a difference, and you're happy with your progess, then that's all that matters.
     
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    Genghis.Tron New Member

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    You fucking fatty, stop eating donuts.
     
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    Hpower GO GATORS

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    there is an age component as well, as you get older the calculations automatically add bf I believe.
     
  18. Leo95SE

    Leo95SE The OMINOUS one

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    yes i know this, thanks.




    BTW welcome back baby timberwolf!
     
  19. Leo95SE

    Leo95SE The OMINOUS one

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    theres an activity level component as well, and a height one too.
    all to be programmed in prior to measuring.
     
  20. Wombats Unlimited

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    Well I don't use it regularily, and I stepped back on today after a healthier day (better eating and more exercise, yesterday was a rest day and I stuffed my face) and it read 12.3% so I don't really put much stock in it. But 12-13 is where I think I look.
     
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