Body fat is often referred to as adipose tissue, a complex connective tissue with a special role in metabolism and endocrine function.
Here are the top 10 ways to measure your body fat percentage.
1. Thickness gauge on the skin
A skinfold meter measures the thickness of your subcutaneous fat — fat under the skin — in specific areas of your body. You can also opt for a professional total body composition analysis machine at Visbody.
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2. Measurement of body circumference
Measuring the circumference of a specific body part is an easy way to estimate body fat.
3. Dual-energy X-ray absorption (DXA)
As the name suggests, DXA uses x-rays at two different energies to estimate body fat percentage.
4. Hydrostatic weighing
Also known as underwater weighing or hydrodensitometry, this method estimates your body composition based on its density.
5. Air Displacement Plethysmography (Bod Pod)
Like hydrostatic weighing, air displacement plethysmography estimates your body fat percentage based on your body density.
6. Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)
The BIA device detects how your body responds to small electric currents. This is done by attaching electrodes to your skin.
7. Bioimpedance Spectroscopy (BIS)
BIS is similar to BIA in that both methods measure the body's response to small electric currents.
8. Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM)
Electrical impedance myography is a third method of measuring your body's response to small electric currents.
10. Multi-Compartment Model (Gold Standard)
The multi-compartment model is considered the most accurate method for estimating body composition.
The information provided above will assist you in determining your body fat percentage.