Can anyone recommend a GREAT reliable scale with body fat & water calculation?

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

just FYI, there are no scales that can accurately measure body fat %.  Body fat has no correlation to your weight or height. You can find plenty with BMI measurement, but you can also plug your weight into an online calculator to get your BMI.  that’s just a calculation of weight and height and in many cases, a poor indicator of actual health.


Post # 5
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

They don’t work…. measure yourself and your body fat % and then drink a litre of water and do it again. Your body fat % will rise which means the readings are not accurate. Our bodies are mainly made up of water and if it can’t tell the difference between water and fat in your system……. 

Post # 6
25 posts

I think you are a little confused about BMI vs Body fat..

BMI (Body mass index): a calculation that relates your weight to your height. It does not look at fat or muscle composition, just your overall weight. You can google it or the calculation is just (weight (in lbs)/height (in inches) squared) x 703. 

Body fat %: the amount of fat present in your body versus everything else.

You can get a scale that measures this (there will be little metal plates on the scale). However, they are not very accurate as they rely on how hydrated you are at the time. Also, the scale ones can only measure your lower body fat and estimate your whole body fat percent based on that.  (There are other ones that you hold in your hand that estimate your body fat by measuring your upper body fat, but still just as inaccurate).

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  nutterbutter.
Post # 7
3664 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]<sup>2</sup>

BMI is just weight divided by height. You can absolutely plug your weight into a calculator to get it, that’s why BMI isn’t a good measure of obesity. Your scale won’t know if the weight comes from a large proportion of muscle mass or a large proportion of fat.

Post # 9
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

EMCasey:  I’ve been using a scale like the ones you’re looking for, but I’d echo Andthepupmakes3 and nutterbutter in saying that they’re not accurate. Mine fluctuates by 4-5% on a daily basis. They don’t even reliably show trends, to be honest.

Post # 10
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You want a scale? Fine, here’s a scale that has for everything you want. You should still probably listen to everyone else — These scales are not accurate. To get an accuate reading, you will want a body fat caliper. I have the exact scale listed and I can only echo SpecialSundae:  and everyone else. You can’t get an accurate reading from a scale because a scale isn’t designed to read only body fat.<br /><br />But there is a scale that does it. Linked it to you. I own the same one, works great for weight but not for much else because that isn’t what a scale is designed to do.<br /><br />ETA: Why not just ask the wealthy friend?

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