Post # 1
Just curious to know if any of you bees have ever done a body fat test? An inBody test to be more specific
I got one done last week and it has me feeling pretty discouraged. I’ve been working out very regularly for almost 2 years now, and eating healthy probably 80% of the time, and thought I was doing really good! I’ve went down 5 pant sizes and definitely wasn’t what I considered overweight before I started – I just wanted to slim down for my wedding and wanted to overall be healthier. The only other body fat test I’ve had done was one of those handheld ones they use at my gym, which I know are not as accurate as the inbody tests. This test read me at 21% body fat almost a year ago (which I knew was lower than I’m realistically at), and I know I’ve definitely gained muscle (while staying the same size) since then.
I weigh between 140 and 145 (depending on the day/time of day), I’m 5’9, and my chest waist hip measurements are what I consider to be an average hourglass figure – I wear a size 2-4 dress so I’m by no means overweight, but the body fat test said I have 30% body fat which is 1% away from being considered obese? I was really caught off guard by this mainly because my BMI is definitely way below being overweight, much less obese. The test results said I needed to lose 11 lbs of fat and gain 8 lbs of lean mass to be considered a “normal healthy” weight/percentage.
I’m just wondering if anyone else has ever had a similar experience, or does anyone know how accurate the inbody test is compared to other higher end body fat tests?
Just to add – I’m in no way trying to get attention or say oh I’m so fat/big when I know I’m not. I just went from feeling somewhat confident (for the first time in a long time) to very discouraged and I’m hoping someone with more experience with these types of tests can help me feel better about my results.
Post # 2
Certain body fat composition tests can have a really high margin of error sometimes (i.e. caliper test).
Do you have access to get a hydrostatic weighing test? They’re usually a lot more accurate, but can sometimes be difficult to access if you don’t have a lab nearby. Check out the kinesiology/human kinetics lab at your local university. But they usually have a cost with them as well.
Post # 3
I’ve heard that the taller you are (and 5’9” is fairly tall for a woman) the more inaccurate it is. I’m the same height as you and i’ve never not been overweight as an adult. Right now I’m actually overweight but even when I was very healthy/athletic/in shape, I was at a minimum overweight if not teetering into obese. Clearly you’re a healthy person, I wouldn’t put any stock into it!
Post # 4
mkbee : I haven’t really looked much into it. We just noticed that they had an inbody machine at the store we buy our suppluments at, and they said they do tests free anytime you buy something so I figured hey, why not?
I’ve heard that they can be off somtimes too if you’ve ate/drank a lot of water and you do the test later in the day rather than the morning, so I know that could have thrown the test off as well. We do have a university in my town so I will check and see if they have the hydrostatic testing I could do at some point.
beevincent18 : I have heard that as well, and wondered if it was true. I guess I don’t understand the science behind it enough to know what all is factored into it and why they use the calculations they use to come up with a number. I probably just need to ignore it and focus on eating healthy and pushing myself in my workouts.
Thank you both for your responses!
Post # 5
futuremrss17 : in my experience, the best way to measure body fat is with calipers and it’s more about body composition versus body fat. A lot of body builders are obese by BMI which we all know is b.s. Some of the body fat scales are way off and if you are inconsistently measuring yourself with different scales/calipers you will get different readings.
And don’t forget about boob weight! I know it sounds silly but my body fat is around lets say 22% and I know a good chunk of that is boob fat because I have a 34D.
Remember ladies will always have more fat on them. 20% is EXCELLENT for your height and weight. Please don’t feel discouraged, you are doing great! This is coming from a student training for their NASM. You’re on the right track. A lot of people would be very happy with where you are, as regular peeps and fitness peeps.
Keep smiling Bee!
Post # 6
My trainer said those machines are inaccurate so don’t let that scare you. He was explaining how those machines lump both your nonessential and essential body fat into the calculation based on your weight so that the fat percentage is always higher. He is an athlete, used to be a cross country runner and now body builder, but those machines put him to obese level after he did it. I wouldn’t trust those machines’ result.
Post # 7
avprobeauty : I didn’t even think about the boob weight thing.. I’m a 32G so there’s a lot of weight there..lol
I anticipated that my body fat would be somewhere around 25% at this point. I knew the 20% reading I had awhile back was low, just because I know 20% is actually really good for a female, but I was just really caught off guard when I had a 30% reading on a test that *claims* to be 98% accurate. (this was the reading I just had a few days ago – the 20% reading was from a handheld test last year – I would be ecstatic to have 20% body fat!)
Thanks for your response, and good luck with your NASM!
Post # 8
BMI or tests like that personally do me no good. I have had it taken so many ways such as hand held to standing on a scale that reads it accurately… to a chart on height and weight. All turn up saying essentially that I need to lose weight.
And now, I do need to lose weight, but in the past I was in shape, thin as a rail, and not a thin “fat” and still was told to lose weight. So I would say, don’t feel down or discouraged. Especially if you feel good and feel like you look healthy. What is healthy (set BMIs) to a doctor is visually concerning to those around me. I look anorexic when I am within a “healthy” range. Which yes that is an offensive response… but its the response I get.
I guess my point is… even if it were “accurate” … doesn’t mean you are unhealthy… unless of course you ARE on a bunch of drugs for high blood pressure… diabetes.. etc. then yeah work on it.
Post # 9
i did the pod a few times. i considered myself pretty fit when i did them. the first time, i did a lot more cardio. when i incorporated a lot of weight/strength training, and then did it again, there was a difference.
Post # 10
futuremrss17 : you’re welcome! Yeah I would knock off a good amount for your blessings lol
Post # 11
futuremrss17 : it sounds inaccurate based on the info you provided. Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about the readings. Only he or she is qualified to judge your health/numbers. Often times numbers don’t really tell us much because based on your height, weight, athletic habits, etc. you sound very healthy. Your doc will take more factors into consideration and tell you if you need to worry or not.
Post # 12
Thank you all of you lovely ladies that have responded.
I probably never should have done the body fat test. I struggled with an eating disorder for years, and 2 years ago was the first time I tried to actively lose weight/fat the healthy way rather than cheating one way or another.. so this was a bit of a trigger for me and it helps to know that others disagree with how the body fat tests work or have had results that weren’t what they felt reflected their shape/health.