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Old 02-21-2006, 10:40 AM   #1
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Tanita Body Fat Scale

Anyone ever used one of the Tanita Body Fat Scales? Just wondering because I was considering purchasing one. Seeking experiences / opinoins.

 
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Old 02-21-2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

I was all psyched to get one, but my trainer suggested against it. He said they're too inaccurate beyond the lbs. Better off just weighing in general, using a measuring tape and a bodyfat caliper.

 
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Old 02-21-2006, 10:52 AM   #3
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

I see ... so do you have body fat calipers at home that you use? Can you get an accurate measurement by yourself?

 
Old 02-21-2006, 10:59 AM   #4
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

I decided not to worry about it. I'm just watching the scale 1x/week and taking measurements. I don't think one needs to go to the nth degree.

 
Old 02-21-2006, 11:02 AM   #5
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

Yeah, I understand. I would just love to get an initial body fat %, because for some reason I feel that my body composition is different than what all the online body fat calculators tell me, lol.

 
Old 02-21-2006, 11:41 AM   #6
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

Why not just focus on BMI? Why go crazy?

 
Old 02-21-2006, 12:07 PM   #7
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

Because the most fit athletes / body builders could have a high BMI. I want to reduce body fat, I don't care what my end weight is - I am trying to gain muscle at the same time.

 
Old 02-21-2006, 12:54 PM   #8
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

Okay, but do you really need to track it? If you do the work with weights, you'll reap the rewards.

If you need to track it, contact your local gym and do a before/after.

 
Old 02-21-2006, 01:09 PM   #9
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

Yea true enough - I really like numbers though, makes me see that I am actually accomplishing something. Like seeing the numbers on the scale remain unchanged for a few days, but a change in body fat ... this would atleast let you know you are making progress.

But like you said, I could go to a gym around the area and probably have that done, heh.

 
Old 02-21-2006, 01:22 PM   #10
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

Like I said, I had thought of doing the same thing...for the same reason, but the trainer suggested it won't be accurate enough ... if the info's invalid, what good is it?

 
Old 02-21-2006, 07:45 PM   #11
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

I have a Tanita. It's pretty good. But it's true, the numbers can be off from the true body fat and it can vary a lot depending on the time of day you take it and your hyrdation level. However, that being said if you measure yourself under the same conditions, you can use it for relative measurements which can be used to gauge progress. Hope that helps.

 
Old 02-22-2006, 09:13 AM   #12
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Re: Tanita Body Fat Scale

Stenson,

Save your money. Body fat scales that claim to measure resistance in your feet are completely inaccurate and you can get a better number by standing nude in front of an honest person.

The gold standard is underwater weighing but you need special equipment and training. Second best is a TRAINED person with experiece with calipers...you cannot do it yourself.
Forget gym trainers, infa-red readers, calipers in untrained hands and any electrical resistance method...waste of time and money.

Some online approximations are worth your time IF they account for frame size by including wrist, ankle, or pelvic size measurements. Not great results but not too bad either.

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