How to measure body fat

Body fat is tough to calculate, tough to track, and most people are way off in their estimates of what they think their body fat percentage is. Remember that your body fat percentage is just the amount of body fat you have. It has nothing to do with the amount of muscle mass you have, which means you can have two people with the same amount of body fat percentage that look way different from each other.

5 ways to measure your body fat percentage

Please, don’t focus too hard on the number, focus on the changes in the number. Track your progress as you work to transform your body.

Skin Calipers

1. Skin calipers

Pull the fat away from your muscles, pinch them with the caliper, take the measurements and look at a chart to calculate your percentage of body fat.

Calipes tend to underestimate body fat percentage but are accurate considering how cheap they are.


Bioelectrical Impedance

2. Bioelectrical Impedance

The Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) is a commonly used method for estimating body composition, and body fat in particular.

The BIA determines the electrical impedance, or opposition to the flow of an electric current through your body. Muscle has higher water content and is highly conductive, while fat has lower water content and is not highly conductive.


Hydrostatic Weighing

3. Hydrostatic Weighing

Hydrostatic underwater weighing (or hydrostatic testing) is a method of determining body composition that make up a person’s total body density using Archimedes’ Principle of displacement.

From this density information, we can estimate the body composition and the percentage of body fat.


Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)

4. Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)

DEXA is a means of measuring bone mineral density or BMD. It’s an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss.

DEXA scans can also be used to measure body composition and fat content with a high degree of accuracy.


Air-Displacement Plethysmography

5. Air-Displacement Plethysmography

Air-displacement plethysmography (or ADP) is a validated densitometric method to measure body composition.

It’s based on the same principles as hydrostatic weighing but through a densitometric technique that uses air displacement rather than water immersion.

Calculate your body fat now

You can test your body fat by many different methods, but we have developed a method that is both very accurate and convenient. You can use our body fat calculator now to know your body fat percentage:

After entering your calculator measurements, the calculator will determine your body fat percentage, how many pounds of your body is fat. Knowing and tracking your body fat percentage is critical when trying to improve your body composition.