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January 28th, 2013, 06:45 AM
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So today I wanted to get an idea of what my body fat might be. I used several calculators and the results seemed to vary depending on the measurements they used, but several put me at 30-32 percent body fat. I don't want to sound like I just have a distorted view of myself but I'm trying to figure out how it could be accurate. I wear a size 0 to a 2 and weigh about 112 lbs right now. I just don't see how I could get any smaller than this. I figured my measurements wouldn't change a whole lot as I work out. I don't expect to get smaller but I want to become more muscular and reduce my body fat. I just figured things would shift around, I didn't think I would shrink or needed to shrink any.

So I guess I'm trying to figure out how these could be accurate if they are just using measurements and if you think I need to shrink in inches to reduce my body fat.
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January 28th, 2013, 09:15 AM
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Definitely not. I weigh basically the same as you and I know my body fat is not at 32%. I think a great inexpensive way to check body fat is that little contraction that pinches the skin on your back and tells you your body fat. I got one free with a workout I purchased but I think you can get them pretty cheap and if you are a member of gym, most of them have them and will check your body fat. I have a scale that gives my my weight and then my body fat, but again I don't know how accurate that is either. Next time you see your dr they can probably check your body fat also.
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January 28th, 2013, 09:22 AM
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I've heard the online calculators aren't very accurate. I agree with Melissa that the calipers would be more accurate.
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January 28th, 2013, 09:25 AM
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Definitely not. I weigh basically the same as you and I know my body fat is not at 32%. I think a great inexpensive way to check body fat is that little contraction that pinches the skin on your back and tells you your body fat. I got one free with a workout I purchased but I think you can get them pretty cheap and if you are a member of gym, most of them have them and will check your body fat. I have a scale that gives my my weight and then my body fat, but again I don't know how accurate that is either. Next time you see your dr they can probably check your body fat also.
Thank you! I feel a lot better now. I didn't think it could be that accurate. I didn't realize you could just buy the body fat calipers. I looked on amazon and it doesn't look like they cost that much. I'm going to have to check that out.
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January 28th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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We have a sticky with lots of info on measurements and body fat:
http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f3...out-cards.html (FYI: Measurements, Body Fat, Workout Cards)

I was using an online calculator, but I did have a lot of inches to lose and mainly wanted to see the number going down, even if it was inaccurate. There is a phrase "skinny fat" that may apply to you since you are so small but toning up is part of your goal. I'm not exactly sure what it means, though... Wish I knew more!
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