Is the BodyFat Measurement on my Home Scale accurate?

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    I got a 50 dollar digital scale. it is one of those good kinds, the multi-cell technology..

    anyways it has a BF measurement function and i was wondering if it is accurate. Does it measure my bodyfat by sending electronic pulses through my body or something?
     
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    No.

    Yes.
     
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    If it asks for your height, it's measuring it by BMI.
     
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    No, they aren't accurate at all. You might as well be using an online BF% calculator. There are too many changing variables to accurately check BF% through any type of electrical pulses. It can give you a decent ball-park figure, but I've heard they can be off by more than 15% sometimes.
     
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    it asks for my height, age, and sex.

    if its measuring by BMI is that accurate or not?




    if thats not accurate what is an accurate way to measure my bodyfat?
     
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    I've been told by those things that I'm around 25% :hsugh:
     
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    damn if only i knew that earlier i wouldnt have wasted money on getting one with this feature.
     
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    multi-point caliper test, bare minimum
     
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    BMI is okay for deciding if you really need to workout/diet in the first place. To get your BF% checked, go to your gym and have a PT do a caliper test. It's still not 100% accurate, but it'll give you an idea of what it is and will also give you something to judge your progress better than just your weight. If you want a very accurate reading you can get some sort of liquid displacement test at a hospital. I hear they're expensive, though.
     
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    jump on your BF scale right after you wake in the morning, even if the % is off, those scales are supposed to be consistent. So you can note change if your going up or down. But you cant compare if you use the scale like in the morning one day and then after a big meal another day, etc
     
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