Body fat scale a convenient method of measuring body fat percentage, that provide tremendous benefits compared to other body composition tests. A body scale is beneficial in many ways considering its availability, cost, convenience, efficiency and effectiveness. Let us discuss the important benefits of body fat scales, and check some tips in buying one in the market today.
The technology that body fat scales use in measuring body fat is referred to as bio-electrical impedance analysis. In this technology, an unnoticeable and small electrical current is sent from one foot, up to one leg and down the other leg. Since fat has a poor electrical conductor as compared to other components of the body like our muscles, the more resistance the electrical current encounter is, the higher is the fat component. Too much fat in the body increases the risk of a person to cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, heart attack, stroke, cardiac insufficiency, as well as diabetes and cancer. Many people are obese or overweight who are obviously accumulated too much fat in their bodies, however thin or skinny people can also unknowingly accumulate huge amounts of fat, because it can hide in many places in the body, and as people age the muscles are gradually replaced with fat. A body fat scale basically measure body density, using a small and harmless electrical current is passed through the body.
Calibration is very important when choosing the right body fat scale for you, as for example, if an athlete will use it, then it needs to be calibrated basing on the profile of an athlete. Do not compare your body fat percentage to your friends score or to tables, because each result is uniquely for your own fitness plan. It is important that before you test yourself to always drink the same amount of water so it will not gain false positive or false negative results. It is important to take the body fat scale measurement same time each day. As skin temperature affects the electrical current used by scales, try your best to test yourself in a similar room each time you take the test. Exercising increases your sweating and so as your body water, so it is not advisable to test yourself after exercising because it will greatly affect the results. Always clean the foot pads preferably using alcohol and dry them properly each time you use your body fat scale. It is good to have your body composition measured using skin fold calipers done by a professional, to give you a reference of your body fat scale’s accuracy. If you can afford to buy an expensive body fat scale then do so, because they mostly gear the highest standard quality of body fat scales.
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