Measure Body Fat

The truth is that there are several ways for  measure body fat. Some you can find them bellow.

  • Underwater Weighing
  • Bio-Electrical Impedance Analysis
  • BIA Body Fat Scales and Hang Grip Tests
  • Infrared
  • Circumference & Anthropometric
  • Skin fold Measurements like “The Pinch Test”
  • Other More Complicated Methods

The simplest and cheapest method is the skin fold test. You can purchase a set of calipers for about $20 and do this test in the privacy of your own home. The accuracy of this test is almost as accurate as the methods above and it costs you nothing. For individuals in the 15-35% range it‟s deemed as accurate. For lean individuals it is probably the most accurate and for people over 35% body fat, other methods are more accurate.

Another way to measure body fat at home with just a tape measure:

Body Fat Formula for Women

  • Factor 1 (Total body weight x 0.732) + 8.987
  • Factor 2 Wrist measurement (at fullest point) / 3.140
  • Factor 3 Waist measurement (at naval) x 0.157
  • Factor 4 Hip measurement (at fullest point) x 0.249
  • Factor 5 Forearm measurement (at fullest point) x 0.434
  • Lean Body Mass= Factor 1 + Factor 2 – Factor 3 – Factor 4 + Factor 5
  • Body Fat Weight=Total body weight – Lean Body Mass
  • Body Fat Percentage=(Body Fat Weight x 100) /total body weight

Body Fat Formula For Men

  • Factor 1 (Total body weight x 1.082) + 94.42
  • Factor 2 Waist measurement x 4.15 Lean Body Mass = Factor 1 – Factor 2
  • Body Fat Weight=Total body weight – Lean Body Mass
  • Body Fat Percentage=(Body Fat Weight x 100) / total body weight

Regardless of the accuracy of the test, it’s fast, it’s simple and it‟s cheap. And the only reason you measure body fat is to determine progress. A simple set of calipers will get the job done. And you can do it over and over for no cost. You can’t say that about the other options some of which are not very accurate at all.

Now that you know how to measure body fat compare the result with the normal values and follow a fitness program to obtain better results in order to have a healthy body.