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Body fat testing methods & accuracy

Skin fold calipers, hydrostatic, bod pad, bioelectrical impedance, near infrared light


Body fat testing methods review

Excluding your bathroom scale and even hi-tech variations, there are a number of professional body fat testing methods available so it is useful to understand why each is unique, their pre-test requirements, analyzer accuracy, repeatable accuracy, skill requirements to preform body fat testing, the level of reported detail you can get and of course the convenience.


Body composition analyzer accuracy matters

  • Hydrostatic (underwater) methods are available in very limited locations, are expensive and generally inconvenient however it is the gold standard to which all other body fat testing methods are compared.

  • Skin Fold Calipers popular in fitness centres, requires the same skilled technician to complete the body fat testing procedure to ensure continuing accuracy. Body fat testing with calipers can be unreliable for obese people, and embarrassing for most

  • DEXA testing can only be done in hospitals and is expensive, time consuming plus it exposes the body to x-rays

  • Bod Pod System uses a method called air displacement to estimate body fat composition but requires a very specific protocol be followed before the test,  specific clothing, hair length and even shaving habits be identical for retest accuracy

  • Bio-electrical Impedance (BIA) while common, it tends to be less accurate unless a very strict pre-test protocol is adhered to and cannot be used on pregnant women or individuals with cardiac implants (pacemakers or defibrillators)

  • Near Infrared Light (NIR) is the quickest, easiest and least expensive of all testing methods as it requires no advance protocol or specific clothing requirements, can be completed anytime of day, has excellent initial and repeatable accuracy


Professional body fat testing methods and accuracy review

Futrex ® Near Infrared Light

Under Water Weighing

Skin Fold Calipers

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Recommended :Near infrared light body fat testing method

In the 1990's U.S. Government’s research laboratories in Beltsville, Maryland demonstrated that percent body fat can be accurately measured using harmless low energy light. The research proved that the amount of fat in a body part could be accurately determined by analyzing the change in the light as it went through the body part.

The researchers made one other fundamental discovery about body fat testing:

That there were very specific sites on the human body where the local percent body fat is directly proportional to the percent fat of the total body. They further proved it didn’t matter whether you were a super-athlete, a bodybuilder or a couch potato, that a measurement using near infrared light on just one of those body sites provided the same percent body fat as the official gold standard hydrostatic (underwater) test method.


Body composition analyzer accuracy, simplicity and low cost

Our Futrex ® Body Composition Analyzer System for body fat testing uses this same accurate, yet harmless near infrared light to measure the combination of the subcutaneous and the intramuscular fat, thus providing accurate total percent body fat. Over 100,000 similar light instruments are currently being used by professional sports teams, government agencies, college sports teams, corporations and hospitals around the globe.


Where is the measurement taken? 

On the bicep muscle of your arm, half way between the shoulder and the elbow.  Simple, quick, non-intrusive, very accurate and reports in minutes!


When you want an affordable, quick, safe and accurate body fat testing method, it doesn't get better than our Futrex ® Body Composition Analyzer System at your favorite Kansas City supplement store.


To learn more or to book your body fat testing appointment today Call Advanced Nutrition (816)434-5101