Body Fat Scales

Written by Sierra Rein
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One of the faulty estimates that a person might make of himself is his percentage of body fat. He may look at his weight on a regular scale and tell himself that he feels "comfortable" with the number on the screen. However, what he does not see is whether this number fits within his individual healthy fat percentage parameters. Whether he wishes to reduce or increase his amount of fat, a weekly step on a body fat scale can help him vary his exercise and eating habits and become healthier.

Most health experts and doctors use a person's height and weight to determine his or her BMI (Body Mass Index) in order to ascertain whether or not he or she is considered overweight. This information can be incredibly important for people who once thought themselves "just a little fat" but who are in fact overweight and in danger of weight-related diseases and health hazards. Using body fat scales can take any doubts and uncertainties out of this equation.

How Body Fat Scales Work

Bathroom-style fat monitors are designed with two foot sensor-transmitters that send a tiny and painless electric current from one foot to the other. In order for the percentage to be properly measured, a person's weight and height should be entered into the scale and all shoes and heavy clothing removed. The current passes from one sensor-transmitter through the body and bounces its signal off the varying areas where fat is deposited. When the second sensor receives it, the monitor's internal computer analyzes the data, compares it with the personal height and weight information and arrives at an accurate body fat percentage.

Many body fat scales can be pre-programmed to handle an entire family of users, even up to four or five individuals. Some body fat scales contain internal memory chips that are capable of remembering the last reading and displaying it to the user at the push of a button. Others feature large-print digital readouts for those who have difficulty viewing the numbers from a standing position.

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