If you are trying to figure out how to lose body fat, chances are you have come across someone or something telling you that you need a body fat analyzer test. Before you jump on the bandwagon and run out to buy one, you need to understand what it does to see if you actually need it.
What It Is
A body fat analyzer, which is also called a bioelectrical impedance analysis, is a tool that allows you to measure your body fat percentage. It sends a very slight electrical signal throughout the body. How quickly or slowly this current moves depends on the amount of water in your tissues. Fat does not have a water content, while muscle and other tissues do. Since water conducts electricity, the faster the current moves, the lower your body fat percentage. If the current moves slowly, it is due to a higher fat content, which does not conduct electricity.
A body fat analyzer can be a beneficial tool for weight loss, especially since it allows you to ignore the scale, which does not account for increased muscle mass versus fat loss. However, there are some things you should keep in mind when considering one of these options:
· They have an error rate of three to five percent
· Different genders, races, and ages have different water content in the body, which means that it will not be accurate for all people.
· Recent meals and exercise will affect the water content in the body
· It has to be used under the same conditions each time for the best results
While body fat analyzers can be beneficial, there are some issues with accuracy if you do not use them properly. However, if you follow the guidelines, it may help you calculate an approximate body fat content, so you can monitor your progress.
Our pal Colt Sebastian Taylor recently tested out a Body Fat Analyzer.