Body fat

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Nov 21, 2014 6:07am
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I learned it is not about the weight but about the muscle/fat ratio in your body what makes you healthy. Now: how do I measure the fat effectively? I have a body fat scale but I don't trust it. Now it is on 23% fat, but I wouldn't consider myself as fat. What values would you consider healthy and how do you measure?
21 Nov
I wouldn't consider you as fat either, but I'm thinking that a body can still be the same size but with different fat/muscle ratios. Like you could be a slim person with no muscles at all, or a heavy weight lifter that looks like a fat person.
21 Nov
Which is btw one of the reasons why BMI is such a problematic measure.
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Nov 21, 2014 6:40am
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12 to 17 percent should be good enough I used the navy calculator online but the only trustworthy readings are off a lab test.

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Nov 21, 2014 7:03am
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Many gyms nowadays will have the electro impedance test which is pretty good but even that is not fully accurate unless used under controlled circumstances. You can Google it and there are a few easy articles out there discussing the pros & cons of various methods.  It's good to use a couple & use them over time as a relative measure of progress rather than any final statement of your condition.

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Nov 21, 2014 7:15am
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You're not fat at all! The problem with the scale is that it is measuring the legs only. It's not able to measure the upper body. I did find a tip at Mark Maslow's blog marathonfitness.de to buy a Calipierzange and measure the body fat at the core and take a photo in boxers every week. Once from the front and one from the side. It's helping me to get a more realistic view about myself without the necessary tests Patrick mentioned already.

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Nov 21, 2014 3:02pm
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Body fat is a complex issues alltogether, you can be skinny and have lot of or organ fatwhich means unhealthy, so don't worry about external appearance ,work out and  eat healthy .

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