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    Scales and Fat Monitors for Clydesdales

    Sorry. A bit off topic but since most of us are Clydes seeking emeritus status, I thought it may be relevant.

    Has anyone found an accurate digital scale and fat monitor for above 250 lbs? My experience with scales is they seem to be wildly inaccurate depending on how one stands on the scale. I seek consistant and accurate results and short of getting a doctor's balance scale, is there any other scale for us "big" folks?

    My spring scale is not very accurate but it is consistent. I would prefer a digital scale/fat monitor ONLY if it works.


    Do you have a recommendation?

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    We have a Homedics SC-540 from Bed Bath & Beyond (wasn't expensive). I can step off and step on and lean different ways and it gives me the same answer within 0.2 lb for three consecutive tries. Says it has a 400lb capacity and I have used it as I dropped from 280-270. Don't know about the body fat accuracy but I figure if it's going down, it's good!

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    I use this:



    It's gotten somewhat good reviews, I think. At least, I haven't found any bad ones. And it seems to be accurate to me in it's weight measuring. I have no clue about it's body composition measurement.

    Here's the specs. And the company says it can go up to 330 lbs.

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    My fat monitor is my belt, which has a series of conveniently spaced holes for gauging circumference.
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    I've got a Taylor brand item I picked up for ~25 that was supposed to give weight, %body fat and %water.

    The weight seems ok, but like any scale I step onto, my weight can vary +/- 5lbs from what seems to be a stable weight throughout the course of the week. Am I really gaining/shedding a 10lb variable water weight?
    I get good repeatability stepping on and off 3 times in a row, but the day to day fluctuation is wierd.

    And the %fat/water numbers don't even make sense. when I dropped to 225 from 255, fat went up a % and my water #'s seem to be stuck in the 50s with minor variation.
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    Those fat monitors are not terribly accurate. I mean, they might be good for a baseline, so if you measure yourself over a long period of time, you could detect a trend, but it's purely directional.

    The real deal fat analysis tool I've used involves an armcuff, infrared, and costs a few hundred bucks. The real real deal needs full immersion in water, but that's pretty hardcore.

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    My experience with scales that purport to measure fat percentage is that they are worthless for anything but noting long-term trends. Their reading goes up and down by large amounts day to day and even hour to hour.

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_fat_percentage#Measurement_techniques

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnee View Post
    Those fat monitors are not terribly accurate. I mean, they might be good for a baseline, so if you measure yourself over a long period of time, you could detect a trend, but it's purely directional.

    The real deal fat analysis tool I've used involves an armcuff, infrared, and costs a few hundred bucks. The real real deal needs full immersion in water, but that's pretty hardcore.
    You're right, they are not "accurate", they are biased. And if you go down 5 pounds but your body fat % goes up, you know it's water weight.

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