With many metrics available around how fit a person is, knowing your body fat percentage is amongst one of the most popular and best way to knowing how you stand. Knowing your body composition, is configured from measuring your fat mass to lean tissue.
An important figure that will often get overlooked, with higher levels of body fat being linked to increased risk of diabetes, higher blood pressure and other risks around your heart.
If you were to Google how to measure your own body fat, you would be given a few different options. With the variation in methods available, comes the fluctuation of accuracy. To help you get a better understanding of the different methods, we have documented our favourite and most accurate methods we think you need to test out on yourself to get close to the correct number for you.
Perhaps one of the most accessible options is to order a set of skin callipers which will allow you to measure your body composition by assessing a skin fold using 3, 4 or 7 sites on different parts pop your body.
Either done at home by yourself or through a skin calliper technician, this method can be a method for you to do at home or at the doctors for a very inexpensive amount.
Many gyms or homes nowadays have a smart scale which you can measure body fat p[percentages as well as other metrics. Bioelectrical impedance scales range from your simple home foot scales to complex machines with handholding devices that scans your entire body by passing tiny electrical impulses through your composition.
Lean muscle tissue will conduct electrical impulses quicker than fatty tissue, therefore a faster response time is correlated with a much leaner physique.
This full body scan is much similar to an x-ray. A DEXA scan can expose patients to x-ray beams of differing intensities that can be used to measure bone density as well as every other body composition metric.
Those interested will have to lie on a table while a machine scans over the entire body.