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Omron HBF-306C Handheld Body Fat Loss Monitor
Accurately measures body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI) using proven bioelectrical impedance methodTwo modes– Standard and athlete– To provide accurate results based on your exercise regimenStores upto 9 individual profile settings so the whole family can track their progressDisplays readings quickly in about 7 secondsDisplays numbers in either US or Metric
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u/MyUglyKitty · 2353 pointsr/GetMotivated

Wow, I could have written this. I'm down 54 lbs as of this morning (220 to 166).

First, please check out r/loseit. There are wonderful people over there who absolutely excel at providing advice and support much better than me. You'll see thousands of stories of people just like you (and me) who have been where you are and who are still where you are.

As others have said, motivation fades and sheer determination is what will pull you through. Just take one small step every day. Today, just read a little on r/loseit. Next week, google TDEE and write down what you eat without trying to restrict.

Also - No zero days

You've got this and people are here to help!

EDIT: OK, now I'm on a computer and can type for real. I'm 35, female, 5' 5" tall (or 1.67 meters) and weighed 158 lbs at 10 yrs old. I've been there. I've been depressed. I've felt worthless. I won't pretend to understand exactly what you're going through, but I think I can relate.

First, let me say congrats on taking a step by posting here. You know you want to change and that's the first thing you have to do - make a decision. The second step is much harder...actually taking the step. You can plan forever and feel like you've accomplished something, but planning doesn't count without action.

Before I type out actual weight-loss advice. I want you to check on one thing - your medication. I'm absolutely not saying you need to go back on it, but please take a hard look at going off and if what you're feeling is related to that. Please, make sure you're working with a doctor to change/go off your medication. You may still be "coming down" from it. I truly don't know the specifics of these things, but I've seen the effects. I've seen too many people go off their medication because they "feel fine" not realizing that it's the medication that creating that feeling. Talk to your doctor, (s)he may say it's normal, maybe you need to try something different, maybe you don't need them any more, but please please please put some hard, rational thought into it. OK PSA over.

I know you're looking for motivation, but motivation fades. And it's not even determination that keeps you going. It's habit, making something so common, so boring, so regular that it feels weird to not be doing it. Measure your food (e.g., servings) until anything more than one serving that looks weird. Walk 15 minutes everyday at 4:45 PM until going a day without it feels weird. By the way, it took me maybe 3 months of dedication for these things to become habit. Make a chart. Do your habits 3 days next week. 4 days the week after that. Work up to 6 or 7. Give yourself gold stars. (No zero days...)

Ok, some concrete things. I'm going to offer a few universal pieces of advice, followed by a few things that worked for me. Take everything with a grain of salt. If I've learned anything, it's that everyone needs to figure out what works for them.

  • Small steps - Please don't go from 2500 calories a day to 1200. You'll fail by dinner. This week, just weigh/measure and write down what you eat and look up the calories. Don't try to cut anything out yet. You need to get a baseline. Maybe all you need to do is cut out the daily Starbucks. Maybe you eat healthy, but too much - cut each serving by 1/4 cups. You won't know unless you figure out where to start.
  • Don't set an "all or nothing" attitude - I'M NEVER EATING SUGAR AGAIN!!! The quickest way to get a stubborn asshole like me to do something (i.e., eat sugar) is to tell me I can't do it. I feel this is a universal issue.
  • CICO - aka Calories in vs. calories out. This is the weight-loss guiding principle. Google and read about total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). The amount of calories you burn in a day. Using 5'5", 21 yrs old, and "sedentary lifestyle" you burn about 2,100 calories by simply sitting on the couch and breathing. To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you burn (calories in vs. calories out - CICO). Period. That's it. A 500 calorie deficit per day = 1 lb lost per week. If you want to eat more, you're going to have to move more. I eat about 1800-2200 calories per day, but I make sure I move a lot too. If I didn't want to exercise so much, I would have to eat less.
  • Be prepared - Have healthy snacks on hand. Have water on you at all times. Know when you're going to a party and may over-indulge (and that's ok). EXPECT THE SCALE TO GO UP AND DOWN. Get your mindset around that now. You will probably drop up to 5 lbs the first week you really go hard at this. That rate won't last, be mentally prepared for that. Here's my daily weigh-ins. Be mentally prepared to gain. lose, and plateau.
  • Stick to it - This is the single most important thing you can do. You fucked up yesterday. It's going to happen. Ate a bowl of brownie batter crying alone in your bed with your cat while watching old Friends re-runs? (My husband is a lucky man). Ok. But this is something you're going to have to fight for a long time. It can't be all or nothing (see above). You have to find a way to pick yourself up and try again. So many times I've said, "well, fuck it. I ate the brownie batter yesterday. What's the point? Might as well just quit. But if you're in this for the long haul, the concept of giving up doesn't make sense. Give up what? My treadmill habit? What's the point.

    Ok some specifics that worked for me.

  • Daily weigh-ins - most people will tell you to weigh yourself weekly or monthly. However, after doing that for years, I would always get discouraged when my weekly weight was higher. I started doing daily weigh-ins and learned to embrace the ups and downs. When you pull back on a year's worth of work it puts everything into perspective. It also helped keep me focused. 2 days up meant suck it up buttercup and put down the peanut buttercup.
  • Take a few before pictures - Take more photos every 10 lbs you lose. I saw results in the photos before I saw them in the mirror.
  • No cheats, just treats - There is no "off limit" food for me. I pretty much eat what I want. Having said that, what I want is to lose weight and what I want to eat is food that will help me do it. I have my treats, but maybe one cookie, not 12. We're going out to dinner tonight so I'm having a light lunch. I'm not "doing" Keto, paleo, vegan, whole30, weight watchers, Facebook milkshake diet. Props to those of you who do, but to me, those are not permanent. And anything that I "go off of" when I'm "done" = massive weight gain post-"diet" in my world.
  • Pick a tracker (MyFitnessPal, FitBit, SparkPeople, excel, whatever) - Most people use MyFitnessPal to track food and weight. I use a combination of SparkPeople, Fitbit, and excel. I like excel. I'm both fat and a nerd (my husband is a lucky guy). Make tracking a habit. If you miss a day, start again tomorrow, MyFitnessPal doesn't care. I get excited to update my spreadsheet. Hell, I'll send it to you if you want (PM me).
  • Start at home - It can be daunting starting something new, luckily we live in the internet age. No one cares if you can't do a 30-min YouTube work out in your basement. No one has to know. People get intimidated by the gym - I was. I still don't go to a gym. But there are millions of workout resources online. You don't need equipment or training or cute workout clothes. You just need 3-4 days per week to form a habit.

    I've become addicted to seeing results and, frankly, it's kinda fun at this point. People notice. I get compliments. I feel proud. You can do this.

    Today is Sunday. Pick one of these things and implement it tomorrow. Download MyFitnessPal. Buy a food scale. Set up a spreadsheet. Take your before photo. Or at least read No Zero Days.

    Hope this helps!

    EDIT 2: Several people have asked me for my spreadsheet, so here it is. I'm not going to lock cells so people can edit it as they like, but the idea is that you only type in the pink cells. I filled in the first row as an example. Everything else will fill in automatically. You'll need to fill in your goal too if you want it to appear on the table.

    It's up to you to track calories in and out. Like I said, I use my FitBit for this . I also have a cheap fat monitor and started tracking that when I started HIIT workouts and the weight loss slowed. Anyway, add columns, delete those you don't need, and most importantly keep with it!
u/johnsmith66 · 6 pointsr/loseit

You're pretty muscular and in good shape. I don't think you need to lose any weight.

Also, since you have higher testosterone and are more muscular than an average woman, you can't evaluate yourself based on only BMI. BMI is based on height and weight for average women, who don't have high testosterone levels. So, if I were you, I wouldn't pay attention to only BMI.

DEXA and Bod Pod are good methods for measuring body fat, but they can be expensive, as you mentioned.

If you go to a gym, you can ask them if they have a body impedance analyzer or calipers. Those aren't as accurate as DEXA or Bod Pod, but they are usually cheaper.

You can even buy a body impedance analyzer for about $33. If you use a body impedance analyzer, just be sure to follow all of the directions regarding when you use the analyzer. I think it's supposed to be used exactly 2 hours after you eat a meal. (I haven't used one in a while). They are fairly accurate. I think the accuracy is about +/- 5%.

u/tooskinny · 5 pointsr/Fitness

Well also note that I have zero muscle tone. (If I had muscles they would probably show through at this BF%). I used my trusty Omron Monitor to measure the BF%.

I've used it on my boyfriend and he's about 6% with visible abs so that seemed about right. (We plan on getting calipers soon) My BMI right now is about 16 (normally 17.9). Many companies are starting to not allow models with a BMI under 18 to work for them.

I think that people tend to overestimate the body fat of models. And forget that appearance is dependent on amount of muscle (along with amount of body fat).

u/Chanzlyn · 5 pointsr/xxfitness

1300 calories is way to low, IMO. I'm muscle building and losing some fat and I eat 1600-1800 calories a day. 22-23% body fat for a woman is healthy.

Uping your protein intake is important for muscle building and helps burn fat, too.

Carbs is what really makes it hard to lose body fat. There have been a lot of research on it.

My intake is:

Protein: 150-250grams

Carbs: 50-100 grams

Fat: <65grams

Personally, this is just my diet, I'm not saying that everyone should follow it, just a general idea. (I'm 5' 6'5" and I weigh 138-140lbs but I look about 120 because of muscle)

I hate cardio, I really do, aside from swimming, but cardio helps burn fat quicker and tightens your muscles. While weightlifting builds your muscles and body tone.

How often do you weightlift?

I suggest getting a BFP Hand Scale or something similar to this:

And maybe reading up on If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)

Oh and I went from 136lbs at my lowest weight up to 140lbs and lost a pant size, too. So, I definitely gained muscle and lost fat. :)

u/ikefon · 4 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Something like this I think will serve your purpose, along with a simple digital scale.

u/KEM10 · 4 pointsr/SubredditDrama

The BMI ratio supposedly shows how overweight someone it, it's not like there's a good test that's easy to administer to show body fat % instead of this.

...oh wait and another

Side note, I just got a full workup the other day complete with blood test, everything except BMI was healthy. Doctor looked at it, mentioned that it is an outdated method because it doesn't take into account muscle and said nothing else. So I guess I am a special snowflake.

u/zeppelinfromled · 4 pointsr/loseit

It's true that weight doesn't matter on its own. It's just a tool that we use to track fat loss. But depending on how quickly you're losing weight, it would be very difficult to put on muscle at the same rate, especially from cardio, as opposed to weight training. Muscle growth caps out around a couple pounds per month for most people. The world's strongest man may be around 400 lbs, but he can also deadlift over 1,000 pounds. It's just important to keep some perspective on that, because none of us are on his level.

It sounds like the psoriasis could play a role in the fat percent reading. You could try to use one of the impedance testers that goes through your hands (like this one). But I think the bigger factor is that the impedance fat percent testing just isn't that accurate to begin with. It can be influenced by all kinds of thing. When I test mine at night versus the following morning, it can easily differ by 4 or 5%. So I don't really trust it. The calipers are a good alternative, as long as you're careful to use them correctly, and the same each time.

I've been lifting heavily for some time now (while eating on a deficit), and muscle growth has certainly happened, but not quickly enough to stop weight loss. I find it's a lot harder to track getting healthy without being able to put some numbers to it. To each his own, though.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/leangains

It tends to fluctuate +/- 2%, but its a decent way to track without spending much money. I've found it to be most accurate if I wake up, pee, wait 5 minutes, then take a few scans and average them out. So while its not exactly accurate (hydration changes your reading), it tends to be more accurate than the scale ones (I have one in my scale and its all over the map!)

u/friend_in_rome · 3 pointsr/Paleo

> I would assume so, but to not lose a single pound overall seems a little weird.

Don't get hung up on the scale. In 3 years of crossfit (still dipping my toe into the paleo waters) I've gone from maybe 245->230. But I've gone from XXL shirts to L, and have replaced a whole ton of fat with muscle.

If you need to track something, track body fat percentage. Get one of these or these. I have no idea how accurate they are, but if they're consistent they might do something for you.

u/t9rice · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Everyone stores fat in different places, that's why skin fold calipers assess and take the average from a few different places. If you want another reading, I suggest also using another means of measuring your body fat %, such as a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis device, or BIA for short. I personally use this one. Just make sure you use this first thing in the morning so any water intake doesn't mess with the measurement. I use both BIA and skin folds to check the validity of the other.

Anyway, you look to be at about 8-10% body fat, unless you carry a lot of fat in your thighs.

u/Lodekim · 3 pointsr/Fitness

I guess I can try asking a question here rather than starting a new thread for something related.

I bought this machine for checking body fat and I'm not so sure on some things. If I set it to athletic mode (I'm just starting SL but I was running and doing 1.5 hours on cable machines previously) it tells me my body fat is somewhere around 15.5%, if I set it on normal it tells me about 17.5%

Last Body Fat Friday I was estimated at 20%, and I'm pretty damned sure I'm not close to 15, 20% from all comparative pictures seems about right. Anyone know anything about this machine to know what setting to use?

u/kewidogg · 3 pointsr/

BF is what percentage of your body (as an estimate) is made of as fat as opposed to muscle, etc. Muscle is more dense, so for people that lift weight BMI doesn't work (for example, probably ALL NFL athletes are "overweight" to "obese" including wide receivers, quarterbacks, etc according to BMI scale because they "weigh" a lot, however most of that is muscle).

160 is probably the "proper" weight (according to BMI) for someone 5'11" that may not have as much muscle on their body, but is in no way even close to overweight.

There are a couple ways to get the most accurate measurement for BF%: Link

It's kind of an inexact science to detect body fat composition because SO MANY factors change it (your hydration level, heart rate [I think], food in your stomach, and so on) that quick and easy ways don't always work well (calipers test I'm told is pretty inaccurate).

I got my estimate from this thing from Amazon, which got favorable reviews: Link

It is however an estimate, so you can't just use something like that and go "well, there you go, that's for sure my BF%"

u/cmcgovern1990 · 3 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

From my understanding, they are pretty inaccurate. This might be something you could look into if you were interested.

u/aRock10 · 3 pointsr/progresspics

I bought one of these electronic scales.

u/turo9992000 · 2 pointsr/ddpyoga

My scale does it. You can use calipers or buy one of these.

I don't know how accurate my scale is, but it's consistent and allows me to track any trends.

u/beau2002 · 2 pointsr/workout

Just look up bodyfat tests, there's many different types from calipers to water. Here's my favorite.

body fat tester

u/woohhaa · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Cool, sounds like you have a good nutrition game plan.

I use an Omron Fat Loss Monitor to track my bf%. It initially showed an unrealistically low bf% for me but it is very consistent. I used a tape measure and a bf calculating website to figure up the difference then used that number as my offset. i.e. Omron says 12% tape measure method says 20% so your offset is 8.

The benefit to doing it this way is the Omron is easy and quick where the tape measure pretty much requires my wife to help do it accurately. I try to measure every week or two. After 6 months or so do another tape measure check to ensure your offset hasn't changed. Mine changed by 2 over the course of a year.

Take this advise with a grain of salt, I concocted this method after reading many articles and /r/fitness posts about bf%. It seems reasonable to me.

u/MKorostoff · 2 pointsr/loseit

Thanks for your reply. I'm 5 foot 8.5 inches. I'm still 2 pounds overweight and, yes, I'm sure I'd benefit from more fat loss. My end goal is 155, which I estimate would equate to 9% body fat. I've heard that at a low enough body fat the skin starts to kind of grab on to the muscle, but THIS amount of skin is just sort of hard to picture ever tightening.

I guess in an ideal world I'd get my body fat measured in one of those water tanks, but failing that I'm not sure where I'd find a better measurement option than BIA. I imagine calipers would be utterly worthless on my body given how much skin I'm able to pinch. I use this device which is pretty accurate from what I can tell. When I follow the instructions the reading is pretty consistent, and I've had a few buddies try it out, and they've all gotten readings that agreed with earlier measurements (and also just seemed to make sense visually). And for what it's worth, the Amazon reviews are glowing.

u/halffast · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

Sure do!

Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor, Black

Very easy to use, just make sure you're holding it in the correct position. I thought the price was well worth it for not having to fuss with calipers.

u/Happy_Laugh_Guy · 2 pointsr/Fitness

This is the model I use. Look up how to use it, but I treat it like weighing myself. Empty stomach when I wake up. No water or food.

u/fnkdrspok · 2 pointsr/leangains

You're right, I don't know to an exact science if I'm losing BF or not. To check my BF% I use are these two measuring devices: Omron-HBF-306C-Handheld-Body-Monitor and a standing BMI Height Weight scale similar to this one. When I use the handheld one, with my correct numbers, it puts me at 14% BF, but when I use the standing one (fully clothed because it's at the gym) it puts me at 17%. I'm not sure which one to trust.


I heard there is another one where you sit in water and get an accurate reading, I'm not sure of the name but I'm sure someone in here knows what I'm referring to.


My issue, I'm plugging in my macro's into MFP and I'm hitting my cals and numbers, so I'm steady losing weight. My stomach is almost completely flat minus some slight overage my waistband if you get what I mean. (I can snap pics later) You're right where since I don't see more abs showing I feel I might be stagnent even though I'm losing a couple pounds a week through dieting and cardio. But things may be going behind the scenes that I'm not aware of.

u/LongBoardsAreBest · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Originally tried using a tape measure, but I would get wildly inconsistent results, so now I just weigh myself and then enter my most recent weight into this. not sure if its accurate, but its at least consistent.

u/MorbidandBack · 2 pointsr/loseit

I use an Omron handheld device:

Amazon Linky

What I will say is that most consumer level Body Fat % devices are inaccurate, in the sense that the numbers they give will be a fair bit off from what an actual scientific, doctor led lab analysis will yield.

That doesn't really matter though, in the same way that different scales can vary so can these devices. You have to use these BF% devices at the same time of day and under the same circumstances each time.

Just treat the BF% calculator the same as you would a scale, and even if the number it reads isn't scientifically accurate it will go down over time which is what you really care about.

What I do is take my readings first thing in the morning and take about 3-4 readings and average them together to get a more steady number. Over the last two months this has proven to show a steady decline in my BF %.

u/woodyb23 · 2 pointsr/running

Do these work in calculating your body fat? Omron Body Fat Calculator

u/John_Dexter · 2 pointsr/xxketo

I bought this for myself as a birthday present. It's not the most premier body fat monitor ever devised but for personal home use, it's easy to use and it keeps me from getting discouraged when the scale seems to stall. It keeps track of my BMI too. I think it will hold info for up to 4 users, and it's always fun when I have to update my weight to recalculate my BMI. And it's under $40USD!

u/lordofthejelly · 2 pointsr/TheRedPill

The first thing I did was buy this body fat measurer and a good scale. My initial tracking was simple:

Get out of bed, take a piss, then weigh myself, take my body fat, and write it with dry-erase on my bathroom mirror, along with the date. When the mirror fills up, transcribe it all onto an Excel spreadsheet.

Takes 30 seconds out of my morning, but enables me to track over time what's happening to my body.

Did I start lifting more and gain some weight? No biggie, body fat has gone down, I know it's just muscle.

Did I go off the lifting/eating routine for awhile? Suddenly my BF% is hitting a number I'm not comfortable with, and finding the time to start lifting again is much easier.

Not to mention the fact that I'm catching my weight gain/loss of fitness much more quickly than I otherwise would have.


Make sense? The issue with logging everything is that it can be tedious and time-consuming, the key is to find ways to make logging easy

u/EfficientEscape · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Thanks, and I use this

u/csjoblom · 2 pointsr/ketogains

Don't use the scale as an indicator, Ketostix won't tell you anything either outside of ketosis markers (which vary greatly depending on the time of day).

Measure your body fat % and get a measuring tape.

u/snail_love · 2 pointsr/proED

Actually a DXA takes three measurements - your bone density, your body fat mass, and your lean mass. It's not selective, all three will be results and it's actually considered the gold standard in body fat % because it uses those three components rather than the two other test use (just lean & fat mass). So if you get your results it should have all three! I don't know how your doctor works with stuff like that (mine will post lab results in an online portal so I can see everything), but you can absolutely ask for the full results regardless of your diagnosis! I'm actually jealous you get to do one!!

I use [this] ( and I've compared it against calipers and a bod pod. Calipers are typically the least accurate way to measure. Scanners like mine are varying quality. I was a little skeptical of it at first, but after comparing it against those other two at several weights and body fat compositions, I'm amazed at how accurate it's been! Would 100% reccommend!!!

And yeahhhh I was extremely into fitness for a long time! I still love running but it's unfortunately had to be majorly cut down because it's just not safe at my weight, especially in hundred degree heat! :(

u/jkt720 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

That's about where I expected, that's what a body fat calculator similar to this one was telling me I was. Thanks!

u/orig485 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

A lot of people would call that overweight just off of BMI, which tends to forget about muscle/fat percentage. My BMI is 31.6 (considered obese), yet I've only got a fat percentage of 10.4%. I'm not skinny, but I'm not obese and unhealthy either. One of these is a much better indicator of the shape you're in then a BMI scale.

u/odin1415 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Calipers don't appeal to me personally because I'm worried about user (me) error. Those electronic testers look dead simple, and in the scheme of things, not that expensive ($27 on amazon). I don't have any idea about their accuracy though. Are calipers more accurate even if used a bit incorrectly?

u/vgisverbose · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I started it around the same time I got a bioimpedance fat loss monitor, which was in April. According to it, I've lost almost 10% body fat since then. I don't know how much I trust the monitor but honestly, I love the E/C stack for its appetite suppression. I cycle on it for 8 weeks and off it for 2 weeks. I can tell the difference when I'm off it, hunger wise.

It's nothing crazy but when I'm on the E/C stack, I have to set an alarm to remember to eat when my feeding window opens up. That's pretty useful. I could live without it but the appetite suppression + fat burning makes it pretty worth it.

It makes some people jittery but I have no adverse reactions personally.

u/wartornhero · 2 pointsr/loseit

I recently stalled out, I mean stopped losing according to the scale completely. It hasn't moved in 4-5 weeks. Eventually I stopped looking at the scale and now I don't weigh myself every day like I used to. I am seeing much more progress in strength gains and physical NSVs such as clothes fitting better and more muscle definition. If you want to take fat% measurements I wouldn't suggest using a scale but rather either calipers as they are the most accurate but also the most work or if you have just a regular scale and know how much you weigh then you can do a handheld electrical impedance unit such as this one. The electrical ones wont be nearly as accurate as the calipers but are more work because you will need to do more math and maybe have someone help take measurements.

As for preventing losing muscle mass is to work out more and specifically focus on doing more resistance and strength training. Who knows maybe working out more will help to stimulate your appetite more.

u/dacat · 2 pointsr/insanityworkout

On the same thread of body fat %, my woman and I use Omron Fat Loss monitor during our measurements.

u/VictimOfTheKillers · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I've been using this handheld, but should pick up a set of calipers and start taking better measurements. I just figured if I used the handheld at the same time of day, it would always be off a percentage or two (does that make sense? it sounds better in my head, lol)

u/phantom1024 · 1 pointr/ketogains

When I use my Bio impedance tool after a bowel movement, before a shower, after I wakeup, before drinking any liquids and before any exercise I get the results within 0.1% difference to the 3 point caliper measurement.

But, I agree that body fat measurement is a pretty inaccurate process even when using a dexa scan.

I use the Omron with the athlete mode on it:

u/Devon47 · 1 pointr/keto

Thanks for the advice. I'm measuring BFP using BI (this guy: I use it in conjunction with body measurements and weight measurement to try to account for inaccuracies in each method. I'm not expecting losses every day, but I do expect a general downward trend over a period of weeks/months. I'll come back after a week of detailed tracking with more info.

u/some_keto_man · 1 pointr/fasting

I have one of these.

I just tried it and it said I was in the 8% range of body fat. I don't have any faith in the impedance type body fat measurements.

u/yogi240 · 1 pointr/Fitness

Probably not that low, but I believe it's fairly low. Using this thing, which I know is not 100% accurate:

u/yubman · 1 pointr/loseit

Don't know about the scales, but the newer hand held units are pretty good and affordable:

Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor

There are rules to ensure a more accurate reading, ie no readings after meals, when you first wake up etc.

u/gomordecai · 1 pointr/90daysgoal

i just use the scale at the gym once i week. I think body fat% is more meaningful than sheer weight anywhoo. this is what i have:

u/TimmyBx · 1 pointr/Fitness

I think this might be what you are referring to...

Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor, Black

I bought one myself, and I am pretty happy with it. I think that the measurements might a little on the low side, but still pretty nice tool, and very easy to use.

u/kuudereingly · 1 pointr/loseit

I'm glad this could help! This is the monitor I have, and it's the same one my personal trainer used to check my body fat % at the gym. Look at the charts on the wikipedia page for body fat percentage to help make sense of where you are now and help set goals.

Note that a lot of women lose their periods when they go below 20% or so body fat (it's different for every woman). So keep that in mind when setting and adjusting goals too.

Edit: Bots! Bots, everywhere!

u/CookieDoughCooter · 1 pointr/self

I used to use one of these at my local gym and it seemed pretty accurate. The true value of it is to use it regularly if you're trying to "lose weight," since so many overweight people begin to work out then put on weight since muscle is heavier than fat, they become discouraged and quit.

Since you can't really measure how much muscle you gain and how much fat you lose by just stepping on a scale, I'd use that to train someone if they really wanted to monitor their progress and see results as they become healthier. Sure, things like the amount of water in your body can set it off a bit, but I used it for several months when I wanted to lose 20 pounds of fat and was putting on muscle and it showed my fat % going down whereas the scale showed very little change - just a few pounds, really, while I could tell I was losing weight.

u/blanchie69 · 1 pointr/keto

So, I'm a bit late in reading this and hope that you've successfully broken your plateau, but I did have a question. I was reading this and I don't recall seeing you mention this, but do you keep track of your BMI? Fat %? Measurements? Many of the people who loose 50+ lbs in such a short time have a lot more fat to lose, and are not really gaining any muscle. Though you might not be losing lbs, you might be gaining muscle in small amounts balancing out the fat you could be losing. I got myself one of these and about once a week I'll check my BMI and Fat%. For almost 2 months now I've been wavering between 166 - 163, but both my BMI and Fat % have consistently gone down. And there have been small but noticeable changes in my measurements for example I've gone down a hole on my belt. It's these things that keep me going because for me those are more important than the lbs.

u/adrun · 1 pointr/progresspics
  • A redditor put together this site to use for visual body fat percentage estimates. It's not super well populated, but I think it's better than the other visual estimate site that normally gets referenced.
  • There are a variety of websites that will estimate your body fat according to your measurements. I like IIFYM because they've got a great TDEE calculator, too.
  • You can use a hand-held bioelectric impedance tool to estimate your body fat, or there are bathroom scales that use the same method.
  • Josh-j mentioned calipers, but these can be tricky to use alone and consistently.

    That gets me to my last point: no matter what home method you use to estimate your body fat, be consistent. These are estimates and you might find that you get a different reading from your scale, your calipers, and the internet on the very same day. Body fat % a great way to track trends in your body composition, and you won't see those as effectively if you just back and forth between measurement methods. Unless you want to get a DEXA scan every week, the very precise number is less important than seeing trends.
u/Britton120 · 1 pointr/keto

If possible I would invest in a better way of measuring body fat. Whether thats something like this or if its seeing if you have access to a DEXA scan through your insurance, it measures bone density but also is good at measuring body fat percentage.

eye balling it just isn't really good enough. Assuming you are indeed eating at a deficit, your body is getting that energy somewhere.

u/MyPenWroteThis · 1 pointr/keto

I'm using the below link

Not good enough? The problem is thats what we're using for the contest.... could I cheat it by dehydrating before hand?

u/PBandSquats · 1 pointr/xxfitness

That is what they used at my gym, which came up with 26%.

u/chinggisk · 1 pointr/progresspics

There are several different ways to do it but most all require special gizmos. The usual cheap method is using calipers like these, but from what I've heard that can be pretty inaccurate and inconsistent unless you really know what you're doing. I use this little guy, it's pretty consistent though I'm not completely sure how accurate it is because I have nothing to verify it against other than the fact that it seems to be in the right ballpark. Then there's fancy water-dunking type tests you can get done but they are expensive.

I think I've heard other people on here say that some gyms will have the calipers or a digital thingamabob like mine that they can measure you with so you could ask at your gym if you're curious.

u/Trifecta50 · 1 pointr/nutrition

I don't know if they have these at your gym but they have them at nearly every x sport:

u/__thisismyaccount__ · 1 pointr/Fitness

I've been using the same meter the whole time, so I guess I'm not really sure what my actual % is, but I have been assuming that it's been accurate relative to the last measurement (meaning if I actually started at 30% I am now down to 23%).

I've been checking with one of these:

Ideally I would like to actually be below 20% but because the super accurate measurements are expensive, the one I've got will have to do for now. It's just a mental goal I set when I started and I am so close but have now stalled.

u/EpicGradStudent · 1 pointr/loseit

Buy one of these and see how awesome you're actually doing.

I don't mind staying the same weight as long as every time I measure myself, I see my body fat ratio going down.

u/RoboChrist · 1 pointr/Fitness

When I hit 170lbs in the process of bulking, I was at 12% body fat according to the body fat tester I linked below. I currently have 4 visible and defined ab muscles, with the bottom two less defined. I felt that 10-11% was a fair estimate, since I know that my ab and overally muscle definition is far better than it was. If the tester I linked is known to be inaccurate, then that throws everything off.

u/gungadin · 1 pointr/keto

I use this one from Omron which I've compared to my results from two different DEXA scans and found it to be accurate to 0.2% from what the dexa machines reported.

u/badassmexican · 1 pointr/Fitness

A body fat analyzer could help. I didn't change weight for 5 months but I was loosing fat and gaining muscle. It helped me see things were changing before it was visible.

u/sweaty-cat · 1 pointr/WeightLossAdvice

This is what the people at my gym use. Considered buying it for myself. But there are also plenty of options for scales on Amazon that do something similar.

u/K2TY · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I'm 5' 10" 193 pounds and 18-20% bf according to my [$20 Chinese bio impedance doohickey] ( I'm eating at 2000 calories a day and 150 grams of protein. I've been doing the RR for about a year and 4 weeks ago added C25K (Program to run 3 miles in 8 weeks). Does that sound reasonable?

u/YEM1990 · 1 pointr/ketogains

Is this the one you got?

u/frogger345 · 1 pointr/loseit

I used a handheld body fat monitor like this one:

A trainer at my gym showed me how to use it. Maybe I’ll try a DEXA scan and see what results I get.

u/Wolfy311 · 1 pointr/Braincels

>I’m poorcel.

Here's one I use. Its $35. Its worth it if you want to lose weight (lose fat and not muscle)


u/disagreedTech · 1 pointr/Atlanta


Probably cheaper ones online tho

u/AnnArborLady · 1 pointr/xxfitness

Hey girl! Congrats on losing the first 50lb! That's amazing!! Here are some notes for you, based on your post:

  1. You cannot target any part of your body for fat loss. Carb cycling is no more helpful than any other method of weight loss in terms of reducing belly fat. Genetics is the only factor that determines where you will lose fat first, which, unfortunately, we have no control over.

  2. In order to get a flat stomach, you will need to drop your total body fat %, and not necessarily your weight. (Many women actually end up gaining weight to get a flatter stomach, believe it or not!) This is because muscle weighs more than fat, meaning that 1 lb of fat takes up a lot more space (volume) than 1 lb of muscle. Because of this, I would highly recommend you stop weighing yourself. You can buy a BF% scanner on amazon for $30 if you want to track your numbers, but honestly, the best way to judge your progress is to take photos and go by how your clothes fit.

  3. Diet is 80%. Exercise is 20%. Yes, I would recommend lifting heavy, and starting a workout program (see side bar). But more importantly, I would recommend cleaning up your diet. As in nixing processed food. As in, if the ingredients list has more than 10 items listed, or things you can't pronounce, then don't eat it. Flat stomachs are made in the kitchen.

    Best of luck! And again, congrats on your progress thus far.

u/itsmesofia · 1 pointr/loseit

That's pretty annoying. What I've noticed from my scale is that the BF measurement is consistently about 2% higher than the measurement when I use one of these:

u/plantfood623 · 1 pointr/StrongCurves

Wow, yea don't be... it's like the #1 biological sign of fertility and sexiness in women. Something like 98% of cover models have your measurements, my girlfriend has those measurements and my friends are always like man your girl is sooooooo hot. Hahaha, you sound like me - I'm a 6'3 guy and i always used to be insecure about being "too tall" lol.... the things we tell ourselves. Enjoy!

----- Also side note, i saw your other post where you said your Dexa scan is 32% bodyfat. ZERO chance, you look great and those things are so inaccurate. I workout and eat amazing, have abs and my dexa came back as almost obese. Get one of these

Test yourself every morning for a week when you first wake up, whatever the average is will probably be within 2% of your actual bodyfat.

Also, if you are trying to gain curves and get rid of fat you need to be lifting heavy weights. Deadlifts and Squats. If you eat at a deficit without lifting you will just get skinnyfat which is no fun.


u/MrGreggle · 1 pointr/AskMen

BMI is a bullshit stat. It would call The Rock morbidly obese. Body fat% is meaningful. You can measure it with a device like this

u/ThrowawayOSB · 1 pointr/tall

Based on my own experience, it sounds to me like the problem is more with body image issues and/or depression than it is your actual body.

Obesity is known to increase risk of depression. That can be really really shitty, because depression tends to either cause complete lack of appetite, or compulsive eating. If it manifests with the latter, it ends of being a vicious cycle of eating because you're depressed, and being depressed because of obesity.

My weight has been fluctuating quite a bit the past few years. What I've found is that my general body image depends both on weight loss and on my mental state. First time I was successful with weight loss, I hadn't done anything to treat my depression. Even though I'd lost an amount of weight to be proud of, I still hated myself. About a year later I started treating my depression, which in turn made it easier to lose weight, which in turn made it easier to get past my depression, and so on. It was that vicious cycle but in reverse. I ended up getting to the same weight I'd dropped down to a year before, but this time I felt really great about myself. For the first time in my life, I felt that I had a normal height-weight ratio. And again, that was at the same weight that a year before I still felt shitty about my body.

I ended up stopping with the antidepressants. That, in combination with a lot of stress, brought back both the depression and weight. I'm back on antidepressants, but this time around I didn't really focus much on weight loss; most of my focus went toward school and not killing myself. And even though the depressive symptoms have gone away, I still feel like shit about my body because, well, I'm still heavy. And it hurts more knowing that I used to not be so heavy and I felt so good about myself.

Basically what I'm trying to say is that you won't start feeling good about yourself just from weight loss, nor just from treating your brain problems. You need to do both. See a doctor about depression if that's the case for you, and see a therapist about other things. I've learned that antidepressants will take care of the depressive symptoms, but therapy is still important for taking care of low self-image. If your body image was strictly tied to your weight, then you wouldn't still have body image issues; there's something else going on in your case.

One last thing to note. The BMI scale, while accurate for looking at large groups of people and for average people, is less reliable for those at either end of the bell curve. A lot of the time, that extra height leads to more lean mass. You've got a higher center of gravity, so simple things like walking or even just staying balanced while standing require more energy and muscle. BMI can work as a rough guide, but when judging yourself you may want to look more into body composition. Maybe consider picking up one of these. I used one a while back and with some math found that my lean mass was 199.8 lbs. In other words, it'd be impossible for me to go under 200 lbs without losing lean mass as well. So doing a bit more math, with my height at 6'4" and with 199.8 lbs lean mass, an average body fat percentage (19% for men) would put me at 246.7 lbs. That would put me at a 30.0 BMI, qualifying as obese despite having an average percent body fat.

u/llamababbles · 1 pointr/loseit

I got this little dodad

I've used them at gyms before and it's only takes a moment and I can keep my profile in there to use every few weeks/months/when I remember.

Height is 5'4, got muddled in there in OP with all the other numbers.

Extra Note: To keep it as accurate as possible I do the dry weight, just woke up, no water, went to bathroom, etc. It's what is recommended in it's little instruction book and it's the only time I'll get on the scale too.

u/instant_massage · 1 pointr/gainit

It may be worth it to get a body fat monitor to keep track of, and map that versus your weight. If you start to accumulate fat, you may want to up your cardio, and cut some calories.

20 pounds in 2 months is great. If thats what you intended, of course.

edit: that bot is the coolest

u/AXP878 · 1 pointr/loseit

Calculators are never very accurate. I would recommend getting a body fat percentage caliper, they're much more accurate. You could also try an electronic device although my fitness trainer friend recommends the calipers as more accurate. You want to focus more on trends rather than the daily number.

u/hdote50 · 1 pointr/keto

I had a body fat scale 6 years back and it would consistently measure my body fat 10% higher than any other measurement that I did, which included under water weighing, bioelectrical impedance, and skin caliper tests. I bought this and hope it works a little better:

u/cabritar · 1 pointr/s_94WillLoseWeight

My 4 tips:

  • Count your calories (apps websites etc.)

  • Get a small scale and weight your food

  • Get a large scale and weight yourself

  • Measure your body fat because you might not be losing weight but putting on muscle.

    Bonus tips!:

  • Take some before photos!

  • Take the info from my above tips, and put them in a spreadsheet. You can track all that stuff and you can graph your progress.
u/kitzkatz38 · 1 pointr/Fitness

This is what I got off of Amazon and use...

It's pretty simple to turn it on, press start and hold it straight out in front of you with your thumbs on top. And it helps if you do it at almost a similar time everyday considering not using the restroom/showering/eating directly before or the day after drinking lots of booze. But it's also nice the first couple days you use it to use it at different times of the day to see the huge variation it gives (then stick to a schedule)

u/voyvf · 1 pointr/Fitness

Body fat calipers. I've heard people talk about this before, but I don't know how accurate it is.

u/redditfan4sure · 1 pointr/Fitness

Hi ensode,

I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but I think you are estimating too high for most of these people. I am one inch taller then this guy, but weight 6lbs more with about the same amount of muscle, but more fat around my stomach. My body fat calculator this one says I am 17.4%. I know some people don't think these monitors are very accurate, but they always match the readings I get with calipers at the gym. Unfortunately I am too shy to post any pics of me right now because I want to lost about 15lbs. Anyway, just an observation.

u/agent_waffles · 1 pointr/Fitness

The handheld bodyfat analysers are decent and inexpensive.

u/fruggo · 1 pointr/Fitness

You can get machines that use electrical resistance to give an estimate, although there are plenty of people on here that insist they're bullshit. Generally, they're close enough that any slight inaccuracy (+- 2% or so, usually) doesn't matter.

And yeah, your numbers look right, 152g of protein is the top end of efficacy for promoting muscle growth. You should spread that over as many meals as possible, ideally. Don't worry about getting it immediately before or after a workout, afaik that just doesn't matter.

(Something like this:

u/itsfreedomstupid · 1 pointr/conspiracy

> Another key issue is that it's much harder to implement an anti-obesity law (what are you gonna do, weigh everyone and not let them get above a certain weight?).

First off, we implement near-impossible to enforce laws all the time. Remember sodomy laws? Or how about making it illegal to use a cell phone while driving except for maps??

And it would be quite easy to ticket people for this. It would work the same way it does for any other thing like DUI. You see someone who you suspect of drunk driving, give them a breathalizer. You see someone who looks fat, use this thing to see if their in violation. Simple (but just as absurd and paternalistic as seatbelt laws)

> I read the response, but I'm saying that the fact is you can put others in danger by not wearing a seatbelt.

Yes. You said that, but you still have yet to explain it.

That said, someone else did a better job trying to explain, and my response to whatever you would say is already there. Have fun.

u/SteelToedSocks · 1 pointr/veganfitness

BMI can get confusing because it's only calculating your height against your weight. Your weight could be from bulk fat or bulk muscle and your BMI doesn't care. The better metric is your body fat percentage.

You can buy a caliper/tape and measure it that way, a digital monitor, or a new scale like you had before.

FWIW, I could guess that your body fat percentage, based on your photos, is around 17%.

u/ZenRage · 0 pointsr/Fitness

Check and monitor your body fat percentage.

You can get a decent body fat gauge for $30-40. If your gym does not have one, tell them to get one. Check your BF% and weight after every workout.

This is the one I got.
The price has gone up a bit but still very reasonable.

u/TheContrarian2 · 0 pointsr/loseit

It's probably muscle weight. Muscle is dense and heavy, but it's good to have. If you have one of those body fat scales, or calipers or other ways of accurately measuring body fat, you'll see. I have one of these (but I only paid about $40.00 for mine, I wonder if it's a different model). It will show that if your body fat is going down but your weight is going up as you work out, you're just gaining muscle. I'd be 400 pounds if it were all muscle!

u/Lassen_dk · 0 pointsr/loseit

Even if home BF% measurement isn't fantastic, it's still a more valuable metric. Even if you are in the rough ballpark, you can still measure your relative progress. It isn't expensive to do, either:

u/GhostedAccount · 0 pointsr/IAmA

You will be completely fine. Just drink lots of water to keep your skin elastic. Essentially as much water as you can drink without being water logged. Also drinking water can help with hunger pangs if you are reducing the volume of food you eat.

You will not end up with excessive skin folds. The people who end up like that are the people who starve themselves using stomach surgeries. At my most, I was losing 1 lbs a day. I never had any issues with excess skin. I probably sustained that that for 1.5 months. Now I am more around 3lbs a week, it slows down, but it doesn't stop as long as you keep eating right. You can always up the physical activity to try to keep the weight loss higher, but muscle gain will hide weight loss, so don't really be discouraged if your weight loss slows while you are doing a lot of physical activity.

You can get something like this if you want to measure fat vs muscle.

Not a bad thing to measure. You want to make sure your diet is sustaining your muscle mass while allowing you to lose only fat. If your ratio is showing that you are losing more muscle than fat, you need to fix your diet and exercise routine.

u/Amneamnius · -1 pointsr/Fitness

I'm using this one.

Yeah you should definitely be loosing some weight since you've started cutting. I would start monitoring your %BF and if that isn't going down then you should consider changing your diet/activity level. Try to take the measurement on the same day/time.

u/madanimal · -1 pointsr/Fitness

Do you know your body fat percentage? I've been working on getting visible abs myself and picked up this little monitor thing to keep track of my progress.

u/faithfullyme · -1 pointsr/keto

The problem with those calculators is they don't go below 1200cal, and I cannot eat that much protein at my weight without practically going PSMF aka very high protein. I have about 130-140 pounds of lean mass alone. I used tape measures, one of these, and water displacement to get an average. I tried eating at a 20% deficit and it did not work for months on end which is why i went to a endo in the first place.

u/bw2002 · -2 pointsr/loseit

BMI means NOTHING. Get a body fat tester.

u/solartornado · -3 pointsr/todayilearned

There are actually affordable body fat measurers.

Not super cheap, but affordable and reasonably accurate. I use this to track my progress.

u/rajaculate · -4 pointsr/AdvancedFitness

I hope this isn't true because I walk around at about 5% body fat all year and I still can't grow a beard. I'm only 22 though, so I still have hope.

EDIT: according to these things that my trainer friends at my college gym used. So I'm sure that has a huge margin of error.

EDIT: Sorry for the bad lighting, just got home and took this after lunch! I guess you guys can estimate the approximate %BF. I'm not too good at that stuff.
I'm 6'0 and 175lbs.

Not Flexed Abs

Flexed Abs

u/Rackbone · -5 pointsr/Fitness

it would be better to get a DEXA scan but this is the cheaper option. Its going to be important to know and measure your bf% regularly.

u/fuckitdonelurking · -13 pointsr/Fitness

Always been pretty slim. When I wrestled in high school (103 lbs). I got down to 2%. (we had something like this )

I felt very fast is best way to say it. Everything was really easy to move, and to move quickly.