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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

doubletriple wrote:
DIY method......works every time.

Full length mirror...strip off, tense as many muscles as you can and jump up and down on the spot; wobbly bits are fat.
Repeat on a weekly basis until all wobbly bits gone.

Requires no kit, no tools, no inaccuracy either.

BF ....as is the tool BMI....are just numbers. If you are totally honest you do not require numbers.....the wobble test, and the (..oh sh@t, my clothes are tight..) test work well! Wink


yep the truffle shuffle test is without doubt the best, and so embarrassing that it makes you not eat for days Wink

I do the belt notch test...if i go upto 2nd notch i know i've got too much fat and need to slim down.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

doubletriple wrote:
DIY method......works every time.

Full length mirror...strip off, tense as many muscles as you can and jump up and down on the spot; wobbly bits are fat.
Repeat on a weekly basis until all wobbly bits gone.



LMAO, Tis a good method The only wobbly bit is the damn belly so more core for me Smile

Thank you all for input. I'll have to investigate the local Kinetica to see if they do such things!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be the first real use for a vibro-plate! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andygates wrote:
It could be the first real use for a vibro-plate! Cool


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would not taking your own reading with body fat callipers at regular intervals be useful. As long as you do it in the same places and technique each time?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nevans wrote:
Would not taking your own reading with body fat callipers at regular intervals be useful. As long as you do it in the same places and technique each time?


difficult to accurately do this on oneself e.g subscapular would be interesting and bicep would be difficult too

i suppose you could do 1 easy site maybe around the iliac crest and youd get 'a reading'. i cant see it being accurate but you could probably redo and compare over time
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So are we saying for a basic weekly check, a cheap electronic device out of a chemists or online is the answer?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do a weekly 4-site pinch - belly, iliac, tricep (fiddly) and midthigh. Doesn't take long and while it may not be accurate, it's more consistent than the scales -- pinch seems to be less susceptible to being thrown out by hydration, for example.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diy method #2:
use your little finger and stick it in your bellybutton and measure how much disappear. The key is consistance of nail length as it can easily distort the figures or, even worse, you could injure yourself.
Come to think of it diy method 1 and 2 would work well together.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

French Tony wrote:
Diy method #2:
use your little finger and stick it in your bellybutton and measure how much disappear.


Brilliant, simpliar still, look down over belly and see what you can actually see....
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nevans wrote:
So are we saying for a basic weekly check, a cheap electronic device out of a chemists or online is the answer?


well

as none of the options so far are particularly accurate or have flaws just choose the one you like the sound of best and doesnt cost you too much

just use the readings as a comparison for future tests. if the figure is dropping each time you test then your winning

but the reading you get may not be your 'actual' overall bodyfat %

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TransitionTed wrote:
just use the readings as a comparison for future tests. if the figure is dropping each time you test then your winning

but the reading you get may not be your 'actual' overall bodyfat %


This.

What matters is "I am getting leaner" (or "I am getting fatter" or "I am maintaining").

The actual numbers don't matter any more than your calf measurement.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andygates wrote:
You can use skinfold and a Formula (oh noes, science!).

This is a handy site with a 4-site skinfold calculator: http://www.dietandfitnesstoday.com/skinfold4Site.php

You'd need a skinfold caliper to do the measuring body fat. They're readily available on fleabay: cheap ones are less than a tenner, spendy ones are more.


Hi andygates,
Thanks for the information. but I have been using skin fold caliper for last 1 years. And this is considered to be the more accurate way to estimate our body fat percentage.
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