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Tanita body fat monitor/scale?(9 posts)

Tanita body fat monitor/scale?jtferraro
Oct 22, 2002 8:01 PM
Performance has the Tanita TBF-622 Duo Athlete Body Fat Monitor/Scale on sale for $65. I need a good scale and would love to pick up one that has a body fat monitor, too. Anybody here know anything about this unit or have any experience w/it?

YupEager Beagle
Oct 23, 2002 12:29 AM
They are good for trend monitoring, but apparently not that accurate in absolute % masuring terms.

Make sure you get a model with the "athlete" setting, or it's no good.

Make sure you use it carefully and consistently - same time of day, same distance from meal etc to get best results.
They are good, but....BrianNYC
Oct 23, 2002 6:08 AM
be careful what you wish for - Eager Beagle is right, you have to do it at the same time of day, on the same eating schedule, etc. But, they do work. And I also agree it is really best for trends rather then an actual reading on your true body fat %, I personally don't think the athlete setting compensates enough for muscle weight.
It is good for trends but only measures lower body BFPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 23, 2002 8:06 AM
The tanita scale or any other electical impedence whether upper or lower body from what I've heard/understand only monitors the area through which the impulse is sent. So for the Tanita since it measures from your feet it will only be lower body. However, people were right when they said it would be good in monitoring trends as body fat is put on all over the body (albeit in diffent concentrations) instead of at specific locations.

Think that's a myth because..Eager Beagle
Oct 23, 2002 8:29 AM
it's very sensative to food intake - you will have vastly differing readings before and after a large meal, so I guess it must get at least as far as the stomach area...
It is good for trends but only measures lower body BFThaddeus
Oct 23, 2002 9:24 AM
so just stand on your head for the upper measure, and average the two.
Get CalipersHani
Oct 24, 2002 5:38 AM
the elctrical ones dont work at all for people with lots of muscle and low body fat. With calipers you can get accurate reading every time you can even get digital ones that record your fat levels and calcualte based on a few measurments. If your over 20% aparently they arent so good.
Great motivator. . .js5280
Oct 23, 2002 9:07 AM
Like others said, it's %body fat number probably isn't totally accurate but it is a great tools to spot trends which is really what most people want to see. Follow the suggestions above (i.e. same time of day, levels of hydration/food, etc.) and you'll get fairly consistent results then when your level of activity goes up or down, you see changes in the body fat measurement. It's a particularly good modivator for the off-season, it you see it creeping up then it's one more impetus to increase your activity (e.g. hmmm, maybe a Turkey Trot isn't such a bad idea) or decrease you caloric intake.

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re: Tanita body fat monitor/scale?moabbiker
Oct 23, 2002 3:38 PM
The weight reading is pretty darn accurate and precise. I would get the scale for that reason alone.