It requires a person to use calipers to measure the thickness of skinfolds. Due to differences in body fat distribution, males and females need to take measurements in different areas.
Males should measure skinfolds on the chest, thigh, and abdomen. Females should measure skinfolds on the triceps, thigh, and just above the hip bone. It is important for people to take the measurements at the same sites each time.
People can then enter these measurements into an online calculator, which estimates body fat percentage.
It is important to note that skinfold measurements vary widely, and body fat distribution can differ, based on race, age, sex, and physical activity.
If you’re concerned about your body fat percentage, you may want to skip the commercially available body fat analyzers. Ask your doctor about the use of more-accurate measurement techniques.
Depending on the circumstances, options may include:
- Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). DXA is a specialized X-ray exam. It provides detailed information about the ratio between fat, muscle and bones in specific parts of your body.
- Air displacement plethysmography. With this technique, you’re enclosed in a computerized, egg-shaped chamber (Bod Pod, others). The device measures your weight and volume to determine your body density. Then it uses these figures to calculate your body fat percentage.
- Underwater weighing. This method involves first being weighed on dry land and then while sitting on a special chair lowered under water. Your weight measurements on land and underwater are then used to determine your body density and calculate your body fat percentage.
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