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    Default Body Fat Percentage Calculator

    I have been on the Warrior Diet for the past year. I have lost about 25 pounds and more importantly a lot of body fat. Several weeks ago I used the United States Navy body fat calculator. It came out to about 18% body fat. I am 5'11" 190 pounds. So 18% is probaly close.

    So the question is; what is the best method for tracking body fat % at home? Several people have told me the Navy system is very inaccurate. Is there a better way?

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    I have an Omron device that measures bodyfat by checking electrical impedance in the body. I think with any home device, the method is only as accurate onto the device. It is better to track trend versus looking for accuracy. As long as trend is going downward, then you are probably good to go.

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    No need to allways attach a numerical value to everything we measure. Simply take a picture of yourself every month and you can see with your eyes if you are heading in the right direction..Dennis

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    Thanks for the advice. I understand that the numbers are not the most important thing. I am just curious what that number is.

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    I tend to use the Navy method, however when I get under 10% body fat according to this method it seems to break down - I have had times when I've got noticeably leaner, but this method has my BF going up (I've also lost overall weight during this sub 10% period).

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    Skin fold calipers are the most accurate way to check body fat at home. They are only a few bucks.

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    Ad5lys advice is spot on. Your % figure is only as good as the user/device itself. If you want a more reliable figure splash out every now and then on the BodPod. Take other readings with a pinch of salt.

    Use pictures/clothes fittings as a guide.
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    Yes, Griffith, I also think with any house system, the technique is only as precise onto the product. It is better to monitor pattern compared to looking for precision. I want to run a boot camp and personal training service over there.
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    Try Skin Fold Caliper, it measures your body fat percentage by pinching your fat with your fingers then measuring the thickness with a body fat caliper.

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    I think with any home device, the method is only as accurate onto the device. It is better to track trend versus looking for accuracy
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