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Discussion in 'Dieting / Supplement Discussion' started by 48LawsOfPower, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. 48LawsOfPower

    48LawsOfPower Yellow Belt

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    So i just bought one of those taylor weight scales from Wal-Mart that measures body weight, body water % and body fat. My question is I have been weighing myself every day. This is what i got

    Body Fat %

    09/05- 13.0
    09/06-14.0
    09/07 12.0
    09/08- 12.0
    09/09- 10.0
    09/11- 13.0


    My question, is this scale accurate? How can my body fat % differ 4% in only 6 days? How can my weight jump up and down between 5 lbs? I weight myslef in the same clothes ( boxers) every night so it isny my clothes. Any ideas?
     
  2. TriStarGym-MTL

    TriStarGym-MTL Black Belt

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    it's a Wal-Mart conspiracy
     
  3. b0b

    b0b Banned Banned

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    Your weight will fluctuate every day due to waste, sweat, water build-up, etc...Do it 1x a week.
     
  4. dragon50

    dragon50 Banned Banned

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    Weigh yourself the same tim every day and try to be in the same state of hydration. If the scale still varies that much then something is wrong.
     
  5. Brand Nizzle

    Brand Nizzle Guest

    How good is your scale? Bodyfat scales aren't usually the most accurate/consistant...
     
  6. BacalhaucomAlho

    BacalhaucomAlho I know Karate... and several other Japanese words!

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    Maybe water retemption.
     
  7. Girljock

    Girljock Guest

    I think they use a small current to go thru your body to measure the resistence. I would guess a few factors could make the numbers be a bit different. Mositure on your feet for one....maybe some dirt on your feet.....if something prevents a good connection it might flucuate. Maybe the local YMCA or gym can do it for you once a month or something like that.
     
  8. Rjkd12

    Rjkd12 Certified Bastard

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    There are many factors that will make the bioelectroimpediance scales (tanita scales) vary, the main one being hydration. You should have listed your weight, I bet that fluctuates similarily. I like to use my scale every now and then in the morning and then look at around the numbers you have. If you really want to be specific, graph them. Overall you can see if you are stable, slowly going up or slowly going down. Look for trends, not absolute numbers.

    If you want to check your scales integrity, get on and off it 3 times in a row and check your numbers. Your weight should be the same within 1/2 a lb, and your bf withing .5 percent, if not exactly the same each time.
     
  9. MadDildo

    MadDildo Shame Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    You should have bought Tanita.
     

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