There is no doubt, technology is improving but when it comes to body fat analyzer, it’s a little difficult to find the most accurate one available on the market, especially if you don’t know anything about it. Body fat analyzer which is also known as impedance meters can be bought anywhere but before you get one for yourself, you need to know a few things about it. Here’s a guide that I thought you might wanna check before buying one.
Quick guide to using body fat analyzer
When it comes ease of use, handheld bioelectrical impedance device is a good option. But if you don’t know exactly how to use it, you might always end up with inaccurate results. So, here I will tell you the factors that affect your body fat percentage result using handheld body fat analyzer.
Water- Water affects your body fat analyzer. Because it works by sending mild electrical current through your body to calculate your body’s total water. Remember, water is a good electric conductor, right? Your body’s total water will then be used to total your fat-free mass ratio to body mass by blocking the current so that it can travel slowly. So, since it’s going to be used to total your body’s total water, it wouldn’t be a very good idea to use this after your pullups. It will just cause an elevated result because there wouldn’t be enough water to transport the electric current.
Temperature- Another factor that will affect the result is your temperature. Of course we all know that when you work out or have just done something that required you to do some lifting, your body’s temperature rises. The body fat analyzer respond to different body temperatures so you might as well not use it after your daily workout.
Food- Remember food can make your skin and body’s temperature higher. It may also affect the result of your BIA.
When exactly do you use your body fat analyzer at home?
To get the most reliable result, choose the time when you are hydrated well and have not done any strenuous activities that may increase your body’s temperature. Before workout is a good time. You have to be relaxed, not stressed, and not exhausted.
Why you should use handheld body fat analyzer
- It’s the most convenient
- Given that you follow the rule mentioned above, it can give you an accurate result
What else you need to know about your handheld BIA?
Use the same device and don’t forget to calibrate your handheld body fat analyzer before each use to get the most accurate result. If you follow the same routine, your BIA body fat analyzer will display the correct result which you can analyze yourself. And remember, the higher the amount of your lean mass, the better! Generally, for men, the ideal body fat percentage is 22%. Now for women…….. that would be below 30% , of course this may vary depending on your age.