Other Methods

There are many other methods used to measure body fat, including total body potassium, total body electrical conductivity, isotopic dilution, urinary creatine excretion, total body calcium, total body nitrogen, total plasma creatinine, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, neutron activation analysis, and dual photon absorpitometry. While some of these hi-tech methods may be incredibly accurate and useful in the laboratory, none of these methods are practical for your own personal use on a fat loss program.

If you really wanted the ultimate measure of body composition, it would be "direct measurement"; that is, physically measuring your fat level by dissection. Of course, you have to be a cadaver to have your fat measured this way, so it's not too practical. The reason I mention this is not to make a joke, but to point out that all body fat testing methods are merely estimations, not direct measurements.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Weight Loss All Star

Weight Loss All Star

Are you looking to lose weight or even just tone up? What is stopping you from having the body you want and help you feel great at the same time? I created Weight Loss All-Star for all those wanting to lose weight, and keep the weight off. I know how hard it is to do diets and stick with them, and get the motivation to get up and exercise.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment