I should have asked before I bought this, but is this a good body fat meter?

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  1. Marijuanair

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...00006926197&rd=1&sspagename=STRK:MEWN:IT&rd=1

    My doctor doesnt have one, and my gym only lets you use it if you have a PT :ugh:. It was pretty reasonably priced and I figured I would love to have one available at home. I should have asked if it was good, or if there was a better one that was worth paying more for out there. I want it to be reletively accurate, my digital scale says I have 38% body fat :rofl:
     
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    total waste of money (seriously), you should have just got some calipers...
     
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    hummm, how bad are they? I have to assume they gotta be somewhat close, right?
     
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    calipers are within 1-2% IF you know how to use them properly....

    the thing you bought will be terrible inaccurate, back when I was an enduro-weenie(and ripped) I used one of those and got anywhere from 11-20% within a 5 minute span.
     
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    aww fuck. I knew I should have asked F&N first, I just went and bought the reasonably priced ones assuming it would be pretty close (within 1% at least) because that's the only thing it is designed to do :mad:
     
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    if they suck that much I'll just donate them to my gym front desk and buy those ones mike posted. I'll hold out and see if they work though, you never know maybe they have improved and are more accurate now. was yours the same brand?
     
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    They are a shitty design in general and if you chrome plate a turd it's still a piece of shit so I doubt they have gotten much better. I haven't used one on over a year and I have no clue what the brand was but it looked/worked similar.
     
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    I dunno bro, all I know is my experience with them and the nutritionist over at the GA Tech Athletic Association ranting and raving about how worthless they are.
     
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    yea, you might be right. it's too late now, I'll try it out then maybe get a real test done to see how close it is. knowing my exact percentage would be nice, but I guess it doesnt matter, just how I look ;)
     
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    no, your body fat doesn't change as much as 2% per day. Lean mass is everything else other than body fat. Those fat reading machines are supposed to read only the level of body fat on your body.
     
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    They're not very accurate if you workout a lot. The more muscle mass you have the more the machine is confused. It sends and electric current through your arms and reads the strength of the signal and plugs that info into a formula. Dense muscle weakens the signal and the machine confuses tha for fat. There are some that are adjustable for more athletic people but they are still crap.
     
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    They aren't that accurate. I got the opportunity to use a DEXA machine a few months ago for research at UT and there was about a 12% difference between the handheld device and the actual percentage. The scale was just about the same (10% off) as well.
     
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    omfuck you spent 36 bucks on that?







    I get paid Friday and $36 would buy me plenty of smokes I don't have. :hs:

    Edit: And some Starbuzz too. :cool:
     
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    That's not even an hours wage :hsd:
     
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