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- How do I ensure accurate results from a BMI test, and do I really need it done in order to develop a fat loss program that’s right for me?
Q: "How do I ensure accurate results from a BMI test, and do I really need it done in order to develop a fat loss program that’s right for me?"
A: "The first thing I would want to know is why do you want to know your body fat?"
I’m considering having a body fat test done at my gym with one of the staff trainers. I don’t know very much about the skill or background of this person, but I’m curious to learn more about this type of testing. I’ve heard that if only one area of my body is tested, such as an area where I might have more muscle versus an area where I have more fat, the results will be skewed. What do I need to know to get accurate results from this test, and do I really need it done in order to develop a fat loss program that’s right for me.Oxygen reader
The first thing I would want to know is why do you want to know your body fat? If you were testing it because you believe you need to be a certain body fat percentage then I would suggest not to have it tested. The results from any body fat test are not accurate on an “absolute” scale. However, if you want to measure your body fat to ensure that the fitness plan you are following is helping you to lose more body fat than muscle, then I would suggest you go ahead with the test.
It does not matter how the trainer tests you or the test’s overall “absolute” accuracy, provided you receive a consistent, repeatable result. Since what you’re looking for is a change in the reading (relative reading), I would also say that all methods are appropriate in this case.
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