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Hands down the most reliable body fat scan is a DEXA scan. I have actually had one done at University of Westminster. I used to have students from the Nutrition programmes doing work shadows on me and as a sign of gratitude I was called in to do a DEXA scan.
The big disadvantage of DEXA scans is the cost.A DEXA scan is probably priced in the region of several hundred pounds.
I use a body fat scanner called Bodymetrix. This is what is defined as a second generation body fat scanners and much more reliable than scanners that use electrical currents to scan for body fat.
A Bodymetrix actually uses ultrasound to scan your tissue. The scan determines the composition of your tissue and it gives you a reading for body fat, muscle tissue and water.
By using the scanner on your body you can actually calculate your body fat %. Men and women have slightly different measure points. Men do their thighs, chest and waist whereas women measure triceps, waist and hip.
So what is the benefit of scanning your body fat?
I would say it’s a good reference point. It will basically tell you if your training and nutrition is going in the right direction.
Personally I find that it motivates me to stay on track. I try to scan myself every six weeks.
I actually stopped scanning myself a few years back when my results started to go the wrong way. Then my daughter was getting married and I wanted to wear a suit which I bought over 30 years ago.
I took action about a year and a half ago and now I am back scanning myself again every six weeks.
If you believe that a Bodymetrix scan would be useful for yourself don’t hesitate to drop me a line and we will get you booked in for a scan.
By: Abdi-Karim Berleen/Personal trainer in Loughton