How To Measure Your Body Fat % Using Calipers

How To Measure Your Body Fat % Using Calipers
This in-depth guides teaches you how to calculate your body fat percentage and measure your progress using skin fold calipers. This is the most accurate method to measure your body fat.

Tutorial written by Doug Lawrenson

The following tutorial was written by Doug Lawrenson and aims to teach you how to measure your bodyfat and fat free mass using calipers. The tutorial includes detailed charts, instructions and diagrams. If you need assistance using the tutorial, you can ask on our forum.

Bodyfat Testing With Skinfold Calipers

BodyFat Calipers

The Skinfold caliper is a device which measures the thickness of a fold of your skin with its underlying layer of fat. By doing this at the key locations can be a quite accurate representative of the total amount of fat that is on your body, it is also possible to estimate the total percent of bodyfat on your body.

The diagrams show the locations of the areas for the measurements to be taken. Because of the location of the tests you will need someone who can do the measurements for you. It is important that the measurements are taken as close to the area's shown in the diagrams for each measurement.

Recommended caliper:

How To Correctly Take Measurements

If you're right handed, pull out the fold of skin with the underlying layer of fat with your left hand and hold it with the fingers of the left hand. Then with the calipers in your right hand, place the jaws of the calipers as shown in the diagrams below. The jaws of the calipers should be about 1/4" (7.5mm) from the fingers of your left hand which continues to hold the fold of skin. Release the trigger of the calipers so the entire force of the jaws is on the Skinfold. Do not release the fingers of the left hand while taking the readings.

It is important to keep holding firmly the fold of skin with the fingers so that the calipers are measuring just the thickness of the fold of skin. You will notice that when you place the calipers on the Skinfold that the calipers will "creep" a little, after a few seconds the “creep” will slow down and this is the time that the measurement should be taken. You must note the reading on the scale before releasing any pressure off the calipers.

Taking Measurements & Calculating Your Percentage

Measure all four locations shown in the diagrams below and write down the readings on the calipers scale. It doesn’t matter what order you do the readings in. Add up the four readings. The % bodyfat can then be determined from the chart at the bottom of this page. You will notice one set of figures for males and one for females, make sure you use the right one!

You may also note that the charts do not have a line for every millimetre or column for every age group on the chart, to do this would make the chart very large. To get accurate figures it is necessary to interpolate. For example, a female in the 16-29 age groups could have a sum of 29mm for the four measurements. This is halfway between the 28 and 30 on the chart. The % bodyfat for 28mm is 18.6% and that for 30 is 19.5%. Interpolating halfway between would give approximately 19.0%. Another example would be a 40 year old male with a sum of 42mm for the four measurements. Referring to the chart for males we find % bodyfat listings for 40 and 45mm. 42mm is 2/5ths of the way between 40 and 45. The bodyfat for 48mm is 20.3%, and for 45mm it is 21.8%. Two fifths of the way from 20.3 to 21.8 is approximately 20.9%.

Where To Take The Measurements

Back of the arm (triceps):

The back of the upper arm, (Triceps). This is located halfway between the shoulder and elbow joints. The fold is taken in a vertical direction directly on the centre of the back of the arm.

Front of the arm (Biceps):

The front of the upper arm, (Biceps). This is taken exactly the same as the Triceps, Figure 1, except it is taken on the centre of the front of the upper arm.

Shoulder blade:

Back, below the shoulder blade (subscapular). This is located just below the shoulder blade. Note that the skinfold is taken at 45 degrees angle as shown on the diagram.

Waist:

Waist (Suprailiac). This is located just above the iliac crest, the protrusion of the hip bone, a little towards the front from the side of the waist. The fold is taken approximately horizontally as shown on the diagram.

Charts To Calculate Your Bodyfat Percentage

Men's Chart:

Chart #1 - Men
% Fat For Sum Of Measurements At All 4 Locations
Sum in mm Age 16-29 Age 30-49 Age 50+
20 8.1 12.1 12.5
22 9.2 13.2 13.9
24 10.2 14.2 15.1
26 11.2 15.2 16.3
28 12.1 16.1 17.4
30 12.9 16.9 18.5
35 14.7 18.7 20.8
40 16.3 20.3 22.8
45 17.7 21.8 24.7
50 19.0 23.0 26.3
55 20.2 24.2 27.8
60 21.2 25.3 29.1
65 22.2 26.3 30.4
70 23.2 27.2 31.5
75 24.0 28.0 32.6
80 24.8 28.8 33.7
85 25.6 29.6 34.6
90 26.3 30.3 35.5
95 27.0 31.0 36.5
100 27.6 31.7 37.3
110 28.8 32.9 38.8
120 29.9 34.0 40.2
130 31.0 35.0 41.5
140 31.9 36.0 42.8
150 32.8 36.8 43.9
160 33.6 37.7 45.0
170 34.4 38.5 46.0
180 35.2 39.2 47.0
190 35.9 39.9 47.9
200 36.5 40.6 48.8

Women's Chart:

Chart #2 - Women
% Fat For Sum Of Measurements At All 4 Locations
Sum in mm Age 16-29 Age 30-49 Age 50+
14 9.4 14.1 17.0
16 11.2 15.7 18.6
18 12.7 17.1 20.1
20 14.1 18.4 21.4
22 15.4 19.5 22.6
24 16.5 20.6 23.7
26 17.6 21.5 24.8
28 18.6 22.4 25.7
30 19.5 23.3 26.6
35 21.6 25.2 28.6
40 23.4 26.8 30.3
45 25.0 28.3 31.9
50 26.5 29.6 33.2
55 27.8 30.8 34.6
60 29.1 31.9 35.7
65 30.2 32.9 36.7
70 31.2 33.9 37.7
75 32.2 34.7 38.6
80 33.1 35.6 39.5
85 34.0 36.3 40.4
90 34.8 37.1 41.1
95 35.6 37.8 41.9
100 36.3 38.5 42.6
110 37.7 39.7 43.9
120 39.0 40.8 45.1
130 40.2 41.9 46.2
140 41.3 42.9 47.3
150 42.3 43.8 48.2
160 43.2 44.7 49.1
170 44.6 45.5 50.0
180 45.0 46.2 50.8
190 45.8 46.9 51.6
200 46.6 47.6 52.3

Normal Or Ideal % Bodyfat?

What is the correct or ideal % bodyfat? This is perhaps the most difficult question to answer. Not all people have the same ideal % bodyfat. It varies with age, sex, and genetics. One person might be better at a higher or lower bodyfat than another person of the same age and six. And the desirable bodyfat of athletes can vary depending on the sport. For example, swimmers seem to perform better at a higher % bodyfat than runners. But, some general guidelines can be given that are applicable to most people.

For men:
For men up to about the age of 30, 9-15% is good, from age 30 to 50, 11-17% is a good range, and from age 50 and up, 12 to 19%. A person should try to stay at or below the upper limits given, and a person near the lower limit would be described as lean.

For women:
For women, the range up to age 30 is 14-21%, from 30-50 it is 15-23%, and from 50 up it is 16-25%. Again it is desirable to be at or below the upper limit, and a woman near the lower limit would be lean.

It should be noted that the ranges given above are not averages for the US and UK populations, but are the desirable ranges. The actual averages for the populations as a whole are much higher because of the large number of people with % bodyfat well above the upper limits of the desirable ranges.

How To Determine Muscle Loss Or Gain

As explained earlier, the measurement of muscle loss or gain is one of the most important uses of bodyfat measurements. It is very easy to determine and simply involves finding the weight of the "lean mass" by measuring % bodyfat and weight. Since muscle tissue is the component of the lean mass that can change the most, changes in the lean body weight are going to be caused mostly by changes in the weight of the muscles.

To determine the weight of the lean mass, the person must be weighed on an accurate scale. This will give the weight of the lean mass. After a period of time on a diet and/or exercise program, the measurements are repeated. Any change, up or down, of weight obtained for the lean body mass, will represent the amount of muscle lost or gained.

Male example:
For example a male weighing 210 lbs. He measures his % bodyfat and finds it is 30%. Multiplying 210 lbs x 30% gives 63 lbs, as the weight of this mans bodyfat. Subtracting 63 lbs from 210 lbs shows that his lean mass weights 147 lbs. After a month of regular exercise and a proper diet, his weight has dropped to 195 lbs. and his bodyfat to 25%. Multiplying 195 lbs. x 25% gives 49 lbs. as his bodyfat weight. Subtracting this from his 195 lb. bodyweight shows that his lean mass is 146 lbs. This shows that he has lost 1 lb. of muscle while losing 14 lbs of fat, a very good result, and means that his diet and exercise program is working very well for him.

Reviewing the basic calculations above:

Before:
Bodyfat = 30% & Bodyweight = 210 lbs
210 x .30 = 63 lbs. 210 – 63 = 147 lbs. lean body weight

After:
Bodyfat = 25% &Bodyweight = 195 lbs
195 x .25 = 49 lbs. 195 – 49 = 146 lbs. lean body weight

Difference:
147 – 146 = 1 lb. loss of lean body weight.
63 – 49 = 14 lb. loss of bodyfat.

Female example:
Another example could be a female who weights 150 lbs. and has 30% bodyfat. Multiplying her weight by her % bodyfat will show that she has 45 lbs. of bodyfat. Subtracting this from her 150 lbs. bodyweight shows that her lean mass is 105 lbs. After a month of a low calorie diet, she has lost 20 lbs. and is down to 130 lbs. measuring her % bodyfat gives 27%. Again multiplying this times her bodyweight of 130 lbs. and subtracting the result of 35 lbs. from her bodyweight shows that her lean body mass dropped to 95 lbs, a 10 lb. loss from her previous lean mass weight of 105 lbs. Bodyfat and weight measurements used to compute lean mass weight, have shown that she lost as much muscle tissue as fat and that her weight loss program is not a good one.

Reviewing the basic calculations above:

Before:
Bodyfat = 30% & Bodyweight = 150 lbs.
150 x .30 = 45 lbs. 150 – 45 = 105 lbs. lean body weight.

After:
Bodyfat = 27% & Bodyweight = 130 lbs.
130 x .27 = 35 lbs. 130 – 35 = 95 lbs. lean body weight.

Difference:
105 – 95 = 10 lbs loss of lean body weight.
45 – 35 = 10 lbs loss of bodyfat.

People who have lost muscle mass and replaced it with fat over the years due to inactivity can actually build this muscle back up and reduce fat at the same time. An example of this might be 68 year old male who weighs 155 lbs. Measurements with Skinfold caliper indicates he has 28% bodyfat. This is 43 lbs of bodyfat and 112 lbs. of lean mass. For 4 months on a regular basis he does a variety of exercises including weight lifting, combined with a very sound diet. At the end of 4 months he weights 150 lbs. and his % bodyfat has dropped to 18%. Again multiplying his 150 lb. bodyweight by his 18% bodyfat shows that his bodyfat has dropped to 27 lbs. subtracting this from his bodyweight of 150 lbs. shows that his lean mass has increased to 123 lbs. a gain of 11 lbs. In other words, he has gained back 11 lbs. of the muscle he had lost over the years, and lost 16 lbs. of fat.

Reviewing the basic calculations above:

Before:
Bodyfat = 28% & Bodyweight = 155 lbs.
155 x .28 = 43 lbs. 155 – 43 = 112 lbs. lean body weight.

After:
Bodyfat = 18% & Bodyweight = 150 lbs.
150 x .18 = 27 lbs. 150 – 27 = 123 lbs. lean body weight.

Difference:
123 – 112 = 11 lbs. gain in lean weight.
43 – 27 = 16 lbs loss of bodyfat.

How To Find a Persons Weight For a Desired % Bodyfat

If you know your present weight and % bodyfat it is possible to determine what your weight should be for any % bodyfat. This can be done by simple calculations. Firstly subtract your present % bodyfat from 100 and divide this by 100 minus the desired % bodyfat. Multiply this by the present weight and this will give you the weight for the desired % bodyfat. For example, a female 145 lb. who is now 32% bodyfat. She desires to be 21% and wants to know what she would weight if she was 21% bodyfat. Subtracting 32 from 100 she gets 68. 21 from 100 equals 79. Then, 68 divided by 79 equals 0.86. Multiply 145 lbs. x 0.86 and this will give her a desired weight of 125 lbs.

She has learned that to reduce her % bodyfat to 21%, she must lose 20 lbs. However, the above formula only works if the person reduces in such a way as not to lose muscle tissue. This can be done through adequate exercise and proper nutrition. If the weight is lost primarily through a low calories diet in a short period of time then muscle tissue will be lost, as well, and the weight for the desired % bodyfat will be correspondingly less.

Reviewing the basic calculations above:

Present % Bodyfat = 32% ~ Desired % Bodyfat = 21% ~ Present Weight = 145 lbs.
100 – 32 = 68
100 – 21 = 79
68 ÷ 79 = 0.86
Desired Weight = 145 x 0.86 = 125 lbs.

Another example of the above is a weight trainer who is currently 200 lbs. and is 21% bodyfat and wants to get to 5% bodyfat, how much weight would he have to lose to achieve this goal?

Present Bodyfat = 21% ~ Desired Bodyfat = 5% ~ Present Weight 200 lbs.
100 – 21 = 79
100 – 5 = 95
79 ÷ 95 = 0.83
200 x 0.83 = 166
200 – 166 = 34 lbs.

So to achieve a 5% bodyfat he would have to lose 34 lb of bodyfat and should have a lean body mass of 166 lbs. By having his bodyfat done on a regular basis will enable him to see if his dieting to achieve his goal involves the loss of his hard earned lean body mass (muscle tissue).

So there you go, there's all the information you need to measure and monitor your bodyfat and lean muscle mass. If you would like to discuss anything from this article you can join our muscle forum and chat to the authors from this site!

Adapted from: How To Measure Your % Bodyfat by Wallace C. Donoghue.

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Posted Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:11
Javi, PhD

Good article with good explanations on getting the body fat. I was messing it up with applying to much force to the calipers. I will get better ones that actually provide a better feel of when to stop pressing. On the subject I read early on in the comments, I feel bad for all those who had to put up with knuckleheads that can't understand that the scientific and logical way to compare masses is by volume. 1 lbf or lbm doesn't mean anything if its not defined by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) as a unit of force or weight and obviously it makes no sense to say muscle and fat weigh the same because they are compared by volume. If you don't mind changing from a 32" waist to a 36" (size: i.e. volume) because you still weigh the same then why the heck are you even looking at using these calipers...

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can anyone measure my body fat accurately I could not do it on my own - I see an exercise physiologist B.Ex.Sc.ESSAM - would he be qualified to measure it?

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Posted Sat, 11/09/2013 - 08:51
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Quite informative lesson and article.... Almost makes me want to go get some calipers....

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Posted Sun, 09/22/2013 - 10:51
Alejandro A. Aguilar

Thanks for document. I've been trying to search the forums for info on using a digital caliper. I purchased the Accufitness Fattrack Gold one based on a recommendation from a friend. I feel that I'm using it correctly but it's still hard to do.
I got my BF from Doug at 34% two weeks ago and a week later my digital caliper came in. I took my own measurements twice and got 30.4% and 30.2%. I did it again a little while ago and got 30.2%.
I've lost 8 lbs while doing the "how to build muscle and cut fat workout" from the beginners section. I just finished week 3 while maintaining a much better eating plan. Do you know of any how to for digital?

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Posted Tue, 09/10/2013 - 11:28
Alejandro

Hello, I just ordered the Accu Fitness Fat Track Gold digital caliper. Their tool comes with instructions for the 3 measurements needed but should I have gone with this tool instead? I went back and forth between the non-digital and the digital. Ultimately, I chose this one based on a friends recommendation.

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Posted Wed, 09/04/2013 - 21:41
weohnsn

crappy cailpers

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Posted Wed, 09/04/2013 - 20:38
james

my weight is 200 and my fat is 16%

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Posted Fri, 08/16/2013 - 10:58
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Posted Sun, 08/04/2013 - 01:17
ashish kumar singh

sir i have one doubt, which part i will measure the skin fold , dominant part or non dominant part & which one the correct measurement & why, i go through some articles, some articles measure dominant part and some one measure none dominant part, but they did not given any justification, but i need justification.

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Posted Tue, 06/25/2013 - 14:25
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what are some other ways too measure fat if you dont have calipers

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Posted Sat, 06/01/2013 - 16:13
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do you have a table for kids - under 16

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Posted Wed, 05/01/2013 - 06:45
Max McGinnty

Eating low carbs now? Your glycogen stores will be low decreasing water retention

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Posted Tue, 04/30/2013 - 23:09
b3astpwn

OK, So . . . Basically i've been reading alot of comments about people loosing more muscle and gaining fat.
The reason being this In My Opinion, is that well. Just to throw out, im 17 year old boy who does do weight lifting, and most people who lift don't know theyre somatype. I'm an ECTOMORPH. This means that Cardio is bad!! Most people when they check out their Body fat % are infact endo's / ecto's. Because the Mesomorphs don't really need to check this stuff out since they can see their muscles well defined.
Anyways, So the reason why people are gaining More Fat than Muscle (loosing muscle sometimes too) are because they do good dieting (yes this is good) but do cardio ( this is for the ectomorphs because i'm an Ecto and this happens to me so this is MY OPINION). Since i did cardio i gained IDK how much body fat % but it was certainly alot. Since i can no longer see my abs anymore. . . and when i tried to do some cardio ( like people do on videos on yt / blogs etc ) i begin to realise i am still loosing weight but also loosing muscle!! The Body Fat only goes up if and only if you do not have a healthy nutrician.

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Posted Mon, 04/29/2013 - 06:37
Pedro Morais

I've just used the Jackson/Pollock 3-site fat caliper method and found I've 4.5% body fat. I train at the gym from monday to friday for muscle building but I think this might be a bit low. Would it be better to use another method to confirm this?

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Posted Mon, 04/15/2013 - 23:02
404Sweet

So my question is, what about women who carry more fat in their butt and legs? If I went with only those four measurements, it says I would be at 12% bf. But I know I have more than that because I measure 12mm when doing the pinch on the middle of my thigh. And it doesn't account for a woman's breast tissue, all being different sizes. Plus, I fluctuate 5 pounds from 129 to 134 at 5' 7 1/2". It's easy to put on 5 with just one bad day of eating....damn. I can easily see and feel a difference with just 5 pounds. It's a delicate balance when I lose weight. I can start looking skinny instead of a "full," curvy look. I'd like to be smaller but keep the curves.

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Posted Thu, 04/11/2013 - 21:15
Jack Wilson

First of all, males are not supposed to do any measurements on the arm; that's for females, and only the back of the arm. Males are supposed to measure the chest, sub-scapular, abdominal's, and thigh. Also, the abdominal measurement should be vertical. Most people get a few rolls when they sit, and over time the rolls make impressions, and wont give an accurate measurement; the more over weight the less accurate a horizontal measurement is likely to be. This article stating that one should do both the front AND back of the arm makes me not even want to use this site any more. For anyone who knows anything about exercise, common sense alone should tell you that you shouldn't do two measurements that close to each other, and all on the upper body. Upper body and lower body can be very different.

On top of only getting one of four measurements correct, I didn't see it stated anywhere that one should take three measurements of each site and take the median (middle value, not the average) of each site. Simply done to be more accurate as it's easy to get a bad pinch/measurement.

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Posted Thu, 04/11/2013 - 17:29
ThisGuy

Man body fat % went from 10.2 to 14.2 in less than a week, I better kick up the cardio

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Posted Thu, 03/21/2013 - 05:38
Max Jabbou

Who the hell is thumbing down all the sane comments and thumbing up all the INsane comments? Like seriously, what the fuark?

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Posted Tue, 03/19/2013 - 05:50
subhendhu ghosh

I am a IT professional, I don't exercise. my age is 39, height 5'-11", waist 36 comfort, I never feel any discomfort with my structure. I feel.... If I am not gonna eat something for few days .... my weight will not effected majorly. I feel my skeletal structure is heavy. recently I got back pain that's why my waist become stiff day by day and I am gaining weight day by day. mainly the fat content is stuck on my tummy.
PLEASE ADVISE.... if you can put me a mail that will be great for me. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING.

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Posted Tue, 03/19/2013 - 05:39
mohamed yehia

hi i am looking for Table to measure the size of a muscles

i mean test for each muscle per size power .

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Posted Sat, 03/09/2013 - 21:18
Adrienne

I'm surprised that these calculations wouldn't include any test below the waist/stomach (at least for women). I'm a woman with a "pear" figure type. Any fat I carry tends to be below my waist. So I have slender but strong arms, no excess flesh on my back, and a flat stomach. These measurements would give me a fairly low bodyfat percentage, even though I might be carrying excess fat around my bum and thighs.

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Posted Fri, 02/22/2013 - 04:56
james

I would like to ask about body fat persentage. According to ur examples for the age of 30 years menif it is 9- 15 % you saide it okay what if it is below and more
The other qwestion of mine is, is there any fixed persentage of body fat at all the mesuring body fat?

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Posted Sun, 02/17/2013 - 17:28
louis geran

bit confused by the bodyfat % workout thing

my weight is 189lbs at 14% fat, i want to be 8% fat im confused i did the sum and it said i need to be 202lbs? - im trying to cut

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Posted Thu, 04/11/2013 - 17:32
ThisGuy

Louis,
you need to lose 11 lbs of fat to get to the ratio you're looking for

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Posted Fri, 02/01/2013 - 05:31
Shelly

Hi,
Apologies if this question has been asked before. Why is age such a factor when calculating body fat using skin folds? Same measurements in a person 10 years younger = body fat 4 or 5% lower than mine?

This makes no sense to me. Please help clarify.
Thanks in advance,
Shelly

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Posted Thu, 04/11/2013 - 21:19
Jack Wilson

Skin calipers only measure fat on the surface. A lot of fat sourrounds organs, the spine, and things like that. These areas tend to build up more fat with age because when the body burns fat, that is last fat the body burns since its vital and serving a function other than energy storage.

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Posted Thu, 01/31/2013 - 14:57
Nathan Scrivener

To the people above questioning the age related differences in the body fat tables, as we age our visceral fat goes up - this is the fat that accumulates around the organs. The skin fold caliper test can only measure subcutaneous fat - i.e. fat under the skin, so there needs to be an approximation for the quantity of visceral fat based on age bands.

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Posted Wed, 01/23/2013 - 15:40
papo

body fat does increase with aging. This process is more active when someone does not engage in physical activity. In this case muscle does not reverse in fat, because they are different tissue. What happens is simply muscle is lost and fat is gained, but because muscles for the same volume, weight more than fat, can explain why you weight less, but more in body fat than before.

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Posted Tue, 01/22/2013 - 13:05
shane

if I go to measure doing the skinfold test and I cant get a good pinch do i just keep making a wider pinch till i can get a good grasp.. this is for someone obese... Its really hard to measure the thigh....

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Posted Mon, 12/03/2012 - 05:21
dwayne

i need to get one off those

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Posted Wed, 11/28/2012 - 04:53
Iqbal

Hey thanks for the article and the comments - It really changed the way I think about weight loss - I guess its not necessariy the pounds lost. We could be getting healthier with weight gain as well. I myself lost 4 kilos from 70.5kg to 66.6kg byt my fat % increased to 29.9%!! Just took the measurement today with my GP. I guess I'm losing muscle mass and I was advised to avoid desserts and fried food and was told to work out at the gym at least 3 times a week and cut down on log distance jogging - apparently the jogging ate up my muscles and I ate unhealthy food thinking that I have adequate work out to burn it out. But it turned out to be wrong - I was burning my muscles and storing the fats. Eating healthy food at the right amount matters too - together with a balance of gym workouts and a little bit of aerobics.

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Posted Wed, 11/07/2012 - 21:22
Sirk

I'm a little concerned about the accuracy of using this method on my body type. For example...my arms, back, and Suprailiac (Waist) measurements aren't very high but my love handles are huge. This sounds strange but my fat seems to store on my love handles only so I think using the measurements as suggested in this article don't give a fair representation of my true body fat. Any advice?

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Posted Thu, 01/10/2013 - 15:25
Maureen

Hey! The fat around your mid-section is the BEST gauge for you body fat percentage and in fact is the MOST dangerous. Everyone is build differently, yes, but it is the most obvious and accurate way to tell.. Since having a low body fat percentage is the only way you will get your abs to show you will see that when your body fat decreases, your mid drift is the first thing to slim down. Hope that makes sense.

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Posted Sat, 09/22/2012 - 08:39
Eyal

Hi Steve,
On what data is this 4-location test based on?
I know of the 3-location by Jackson et al. and the 10-location by Parizkova...