How To Measure Fat Loss: Body Fat Calipers
To measure body fat is essential for body builders, and for those who are keen on improving their body shape, body fat callipers have become the most popular way to assess body fat, and as an alternative to body fat scales, they are a must for anyone wanting to measure their progress when losing weight but want to loose minimal muscle. Great for motivation when starting a weight loss program. The body fat callipers will indicate how much fat the body has, and so goals can be set to start the action required for those goals.
How Do Bodyfat Callipers Work?
Body fat callipers work by measuring skinfolds on several places on the body. Simply put, folds of skin are held by the body fat callipers to give a measurement of the subcutaneous fat which is beneath the skin.
Ideally someone should take the body fat calliper readings for you, although you can purchase ones that you can use yourself. The numbers of the body calliper readings can be calculated using an equation, to find body fat percentage as well as bone density, but this is not always an accurate figure.
Points To Remember
- Before measuring skinfolds with body fat callipers, there are a few important guidelines that need to be followed
- The readings should be taken at the same time each day.
- To ensure the most accurate reading possible take it before 4 seconds has lapsed from the body fat callipers contacting the skinfold.
- Don’t use body fat callipers after exertion because exertion will cause blood to travel to the skin and make the skin thicker thus affecting the reading.
- Always use the same person to do your measuring for you, preferably someone who is a professional or at least knowledgeable in using body fat callipers
- Only use the body fat callipers as a way of tracking your progress. Endeavouring to calculate the skinfold measurement using an equation is not accurate for body fat percentages.