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How accurate is a body composition formula?

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Old 08-14-2010, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default How accurate is a body composition formula?

I've tried a few different formulas that I found online to calculate body fat percentages based on age, gender, weight, and body measurements. I know this isn't the most accurate method but for lack of another way at the moment, I thought I'd try it out. Does anyone know how accurate this really is? I was pretty happy w/ the number I got and it's close to what my scale says as well (I have one of those digital ones that supposedly measures body fat but I really don't trust it much). I guess I'm feeling that they are both somewhat accurate since they came out very close but I was wondering what other people think of this.

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As far as I know, the only really accurate method is a special water displacement method, which one pays for at a clinic.
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As far as I know, the only really accurate method is a special water displacement method, which one pays for at a clinic.
I read that another accurate method is an autopsy. Lol! I am not going to try that one!

All the scales and gizmos and callipers, I have read, really just give you an idea of %. I would take it all with a grain of salt. My last fat % measurement at the gym said the same as the one before even though I have lost weight.
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