Do Smart Scales Measure Body Fat Percentage Accurately? Best Smart Scale 2020

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ChooseFI

10 months ago

Are smart scales really able to measure your Body Fat Percentage Accurately? The Best Smart Scales will be able to tell you Weight BMI, Body Fat, Lean Mass. They are connected to wifi and can project trend lines for future results to your ios or android device.
It's 6 weeks in and I'm down about 15 lbs. Find out why I don't include my Body Fat Percentage as part of my Progress Timelapse. What is the Best Smart Scale 2020, T. Find out why I love the Withings Plus Scale
Questions Answered
➢ How does a body Fat Scale Work?
➢ How to create Target Goals for yourself based on body fat results?
Links mentioned in the episode
➢ Withings Scale: tinyurl.com/yb7ptqak
➢ Healthy Wage Challenge: hwage.co/2003435/
➢ Playlist: tinyurl.com/y7hd5kzg

Table of Contents
01:10 How does your scale work for weight measurements?
01:58 How does your scale work for Body Fat Measurements
03:45 The Difference Between Accuracy and Precision
04:45 How to Use Smart Scale to Calculate Fat and Weight Loss Goals
09:55 My Weekly Weigh-in My goal was to Lose 2 lbs and Weigh-in at 186.5

Comments
Toxic nerd
Toxic nerd 3 days ago
Where can i get it and what is the price? I need this so bad man.
Simeon Verzijl
Simeon Verzijl 5 days ago
One factor that needs to be considered is that when you lose mass, 30-45% of that comes from muscle, the lower end occuring when you are overweight and the latter at a more normal weight range. So you will end up lighter at the end of the weight loss journey then you would calculate. An individual at 15% with the same muscle as someone who has 26% would be quite a well-built individual. Increasing your protein intake doesn't prevent the muscle loss. The only way to do it is to shed the weight in a calorie deficit diet and then bulk up in a high protein, calorie neutral diet.
Felipe Dudu
Felipe Dudu 5 days ago
1:47 what are THOOOOOOOSE?
G M
G M 15 days ago
No. They're complete trash - at least most of the affordable one's. I'm almost 40% body fat and 30% muscle according to my scale with the electrodes. I did some research and the result it poops out is really just a generic BMI calculation - that's why it has you input your height. Height shouldn't play a big role if it is in fact "measuring" your muscle or fat percentage. I'm not fit and lean at the moment, but I'm not even close to morbidly obese and am above average in strength from weight training on and off for years. These scales are a giant ripoff and are not a good weight management tool. Get a real BF% test before you lose weight and get another one when you reach your weight and look goals. Or just go old fashioned and measure with calipers. If you're going to get one of these scales, do a lot of research and make sure there is plenty of evidence that they are at least in the ballpark range of accuracy. Don't waste money on the "affordable" trash unless you're sure it actually works. You're better off measuring yourself and using a reliable old-fashioned scale or at least purchasing evidence-driven, proven products.
Elbert Lee
Elbert Lee 15 days ago
WITHINGS fails on something as simple as heart rate. Every time compared to the reading on my Apple Watch. By as much as 50bpm
NotizMe
NotizMe 15 days ago
The goal weight calculation is simply wrong. It should be: Non-fat weight = ( 1 - percentage/100 ) * Total Weight Goal weight = Non-fat weight / (1 - goal percentage/100) If you want to get to 10% and your are now 185 lbs (turn away from the dark side and use kilograms!) with 27%. Non-fat-weight = ( 1 - 0.27 ) * 185 lbs = 135.05 lbs Goal weight = 135.05 lbs / (1 - 0.10) = 150.06 lbs So 10 % goal for 185 lbs @ 25 to 27 % gives you a goal of 150.06 to 154.17 lbs.
grebrim
grebrim 19 days ago
My scale gives my values from 21 -23% with daily fluctuations whereas caliper measurements give me 12,5%... Looking down at me, the latter must be more accurate.
pookiewood
pookiewood 25 days ago
Awwwwwwwesommmme! Who knew The Miz was so helpful? Great video! Thanks!
misterioes89
misterioes89 26 days ago
I'm an ignorant man and don't believe you. Just bought the index 2, I expect it to be accurate. Looking forward.
Seeker of Knowledge
Seeker of Knowledge 27 days ago
Yes I wouldn't take it too seriously bit more so of a relative progress tracker. I try to weigh myself with the same control conditions e.g the same time everyday (1st thing in the morning), Never eat or drink beforehand, always use the toilet to empty bowels beforehand etc. Even if it says I'm 20% when I'm actually 23% I know next in the week or two if it says 19% then I have gone down from 23% down to maybe 22% or close to that. So yes I use your method of estimating my goal bodyweight of 12%. However, I don't focus on the scale saying that because nobody cares what a number says on the scale, it matters how you look. So I take progress photos every week and those are more of a progress tracker for my ideal weight and are more encouraging when you see where you come from than an arbitrary number on a scale.
Blindsly
Blindsly 27 days ago
me with 35% body fat: :/
Dave W
Dave W 27 days ago
If you drink water your body fat percentage does change. Your total weight goes up due to the water but your fat weight stays the same. Therefore your body fat percentage must go down. Same if you eat food. My scales just generate random numbers really, apart from the weight displayed which is consistent with another set of mechanical scales. How do I know? I weighed myself and then again after an hour. No drink, no food, no visits to the toilet. Yes, I breathed out water vapour and probably sweated out some. My weight remained unchanged at 77kg but my fat percentage went down from 33.3 to 28.1. How? My water percentage went up from 45.2 to 49.2. Again how? I can see the fat has reduced over the months, but I doubt my fat percentage is 28. They are Salter scales if you want to avoid them.
AfricanQueen Queen of Africa
AfricanQueen Queen of Africa Month ago
Why is this video on ChooseFI? I don't see any relevance.
Reba Georgiadis
Reba Georgiadis Month ago
Useful video!
Rex J
Rex J Month ago
So it should measure only weight when wearing a slipper
mgallag4
mgallag4 Month ago
Why do your FB moderators ban liberals and refuse to remove Q-Anon supporters lunatic / dangerous comments?
Kirk Chwialkowski
Kirk Chwialkowski Month ago
Excellent job explaining the digital information coming from that scale. I also found that the height input into it carries allot of value. I went from 5' 10" to 5' 9" and my BF went up significantly. Thanks for the teaching. Very good.
Foltz Art
Foltz Art Month ago
Super groovy cool information brother your Amazing!!🙏🌞✌😎
Marcus W.
Marcus W. Month ago
how i use bf perecent i take the same reading every morning once i get a week of data using a median calc to find the median of the data then subtract it from each week same with weight to see if its going down if not then eating too much maybe do two weeks before adjusting calorie intake
PootatoTree
PootatoTree Month ago
1:44 Strength? Speed? What are you talking about? Amperes? Voltages? magic? 2:22 speed? what are you talking about? resistance? voltage drop? potatoes falling from the sky? 4:35 nice, correct for the weight. but what is the accuracy of the fat percentage? what is the standard in the controller situation? the speed again? so you are not taking into account that the scale might be using an algorithm? what is the metric measured to get to the percentage? 12:08 true i guess.
Puno Nalu
Puno Nalu Month ago
Water is a good conductor!!!!!!
Edward Zhang
Edward Zhang Month ago
damn so the thing only measures your legs? Rip me and the boys skipping leg day
Craig Taylor
Craig Taylor Month ago
Really enjoyed this, thank you. Very valuable.
Whats In a name
Whats In a name Month ago
good lord just go out and get a legitimate medical BMI and test it against the machine.
Harold Morgan
Harold Morgan Month ago
Doesn't work out for my scale. His calculation says if I were 168 lbs. I would be at 10% body fat. My old records show that at 168 lbs the scale calculated 18.5% body fat.
Scooby Doo
Scooby Doo Month ago
Very well done. Clearly spoken, informative, pleasant... Thumbs up. Thanks for sharing!
Drew Abbott
Drew Abbott 2 months ago
It it not easier to just use scales and pinch test? I know a few professional bodybuilders and they never use these because there is literally no point.
Brian Max
Brian Max 2 months ago
This is why you need to weigh yourself at the same time every day, and preferable first thing in the morning, after you urinate. I use the bodyfat percentage to tell me whether I'm gaining or losing bodyfat.
Domenic Nicosia
Domenic Nicosia 3 days ago
@Daley Carter Hey no problems brother thanks for reaching out man.
Daley Carter
Daley Carter 3 days ago
@Domenic Nicosia also, apologies for coming off as condescending the first comment
Daley Carter
Daley Carter 3 days ago
@Domenic Nicosia well most experts agree that our daily intake of water should be about 8 glasses, or around 1.5-2 litres a day. You can tell by the colour of your urine how hydrated you are, the clearer the better, the darker the more dehydrated. These aren't difficult to monitor and regulate. And I never said that the body fat measurements would be precise, and the manufactures state that their measurements are only a guide/reference. What you should get is something resembling a constant reading, which you may or may not find useful. My point was keeping hydrated and doing a morning pee isn't in and of itself difficult with a little thought.
Toxic nerd
Toxic nerd 3 days ago
@Brian Max which one exactly do you use? I would like to know please
Domenic Nicosia
Domenic Nicosia 9 days ago
@Daley Carter ok, we aren't really on the same page here, but that's ok
Orku5
Orku5 2 months ago
In my case as I am doing manual measures using pinch methods and also use the scale - it seems my scale is -2% all the time. Right now I'm sitting at 20% and it seems quite tough to get down to 15% I do weight training as well, so my body weight goes up but because of the calorie intake and muscle gain; however it seems I am stuck at the 20% - it varies, the lowest I had was 18% this summer and 21% in December and now I'm at 19%. I tried a different scale once and it told me I had 24% bodyfat... that was when using pinch I calculated 18% and my scale was showing 16% 😂
Ilan Vardi
Ilan Vardi 2 months ago
There are numerous problems and issues. Basic incorrect statements, e.g., when you drink a liter of water, contrary to what you state your body fat % does go down, because the water is part of your body. However, there are fundamental issues that are not addressed: 1. Does body fat % really make sense and can it be measured? The answer seems unclear, because all measurement methods are based on conceptual theories, no one has ever dissected a human being with precise removal of all body fat to validate the measurements. 2. Actual measurements are based on conceptual theories. The machines you describe are calibrated to correspond to the measurements made by more elaborate machines, using statistical methods. In other words, not only is the actual measurement imprecise and inaccurate, but the number displayed is based on a population study of people of your height and age. The displayed value is therefor subject to the statistical variance of the population. 3. Tough the displayed body fat % value is not reliable, it can be useful as a relative value. In other words, if the average values are decreasing then it indicates that your body fat % is probably also decreasing, hopefully by the same relative percentage.
Kroplexxx
Kroplexxx 2 months ago
Doesn't this mean that the upper body is absolutely not measured? So if someone, exaggerated, extremely in the arm, shoulder and chest area muscle builds up, but in the leg area would not change anything, the scale would have to assume a rising weight and thus a higher fat percentage. Or am i wrong here?
duenben
duenben 2 months ago
Your calculation is a bit off cause when you lose 25-27% body fat the remaining body fat is slightly under 10% cause of the change of what is 100% 25% of 185lbs = 46,25lbs fat and 138,75lbs lean mass. When 10% should be your Body fat then your lean mass is 90% So: 138,75 / 90 * 100 = 154,17 lbs if we take 27% instead of 25% we are going under 154 lbs, it will be 150lbd Then So the target weight is 150-154 lbs to achieve 10% fat
Ang Chin
Ang Chin 2 months ago
A very fair presentation. Thanks.
André Levy
André Levy 2 months ago
"Your water content at any given point in time can change dramatically. So you can hop on a scale before breakfast, and say "okay, hey I'm 20% body fat". You could drink a liter of water, or you could go work out, you could hop back on the scale, and maybe your body fat percentage is higher or lower depending on what happened to your water concentration." (3:04) And so it should! OF COURSE if we drink water, our fat % goes down (in direct proprotion to our weight going up, in fact).
Laurel Koeniger
Laurel Koeniger Month ago
Yes, but it's not helpful in any way. Most the water you just drank will just be in your belly, make a big difference on the scale (weigh and body fat), but not actually in how your body is made up (cause the body fat is more consistent). So best would be to just always weigh yourself at the same time, like, after waking up and having peed, or so.
z00011001
z00011001 2 months ago
This is dumb guesswork. First of all these scales are calibrated for heavy carb bodies. That is it expects ideal water ratio of 65% for male.... for keto water percentage is significantly lower and thus all calculations except weight is faulty. Also, it is not speed. Speed of electricity is always speed of light. Not sure whether any machine can measure that. It’s resistance it measures.
Micheal Daniels
Micheal Daniels 2 months ago
I appreciate the intent of the video, but your math calculating target weight at around 7:50 is incorrect. You are forgetting that body fat % is measured against the original weight to start with, and against the target weight once you've achieved it. In your calculations you are leaving 10% of the original weight as fat, not 10% of the target weight. So, taking the same other assumptions (the scale is accurate, assume all the weight lost is fat only), you should target 150lbs-154lbs for 10% body fat, not 154-158lbs. If you started at 27% body fat for example, then the 154lbs target you specified for that starting point would leave you at 12.3% body fat, not 10%. (Calculation examples: Non-fat starting weight at 27% body fat=185 - 0.27*185= 135.05lbs. For target 10% BF, calculate 135.05 divided by (1- 0.10) = 150.06 lbs. Whereas, from the same starting 27%BF at 185lbs, the BF% at 154lbs = (154-135.05)/154 = 0.123 , or 12.3%)
rfrancoi
rfrancoi 2 months ago
So, why not work harder at gaining muscle?
Norris Thomas
Norris Thomas 2 months ago
Anyone here disagreeing with you is crazy. There are countless scientific websites with sources cited by many doctors that say they aren't accurate. Obviously if you use the scale as you lose weight the number will drop consistently, doesn't mean it's accurate though.
Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Shareedah
Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Shareedah 2 months ago
I thought you will scientifically show the difference between few scales and an actual body fat done on an MRI scan,,,, to show really how accurate is it, or really how off are the scales (is it really only 10% or more or less)..... explaining how it works doesn't really answer the question in the video title (only answers why it's not)
Ned Gemmill
Ned Gemmill 2 months ago
I do think you missed one of the most important rules of using fat scales in that you should always measure at the same time of the day each time and this should first thing in the morning. If you don’t they are pretty useless
0anant0
0anant0 2 months ago
I measure my body fat with Mi scale and Yunmai scales. Both consistently show my body fat measurement about 2% less than that measured by BodySpec Dexa scan -- so far, I have checked this 6+ times over a period of 2+ years (fat % range 13% to 23%).
P Alex
P Alex 2 months ago
I was expecting a test between a professional machine and few scales but this was a waste of time... Thank you for nothing.
Stefan Weilhartner
Stefan Weilhartner 2 months ago
here you are wrong. when you drink water, then your body fat percentage will change. a lot of people do not understand that absolute and relative fat mass is not the same. when you drink water, your absolute fat content stays the same but your relative body fat content goes down. simple mathematics. for people who are slow or do not understand: if you have an absolute fat content of 20kg and your body weight is 80kg ==> 100*20/80 = 25 you have 25% of body fat. if you then drink one liter of water, then you weigh 1kg more ==> 100*20/(80+1) = 100*20/81 = 24,69 so, after drinking 1 liter of water your body fat percentage dropped slightly. now you can throw everything that has been sad about the body fat scale in this video into the garbage. i agree that the accuracy of a body fat scale is not good, especially when only having measurement pads for the feet. because the scale only "sees" your legs and not your belly. but displaying the body fat as a relative number in % instead of an absolute number in kg (or lbs) is stupid in the first place for comparison purpose.
Heliox
Heliox 2 months ago
This dude is smart in what he is saying, but looking at him at the end of the video it is clear that his scale's reading of roughly 25% bodyfat is very wrong, his body is over 30% bodyfat for sure, his fat is literally folding downwards. Mainly saying this to show that those scales are bullshit....
ShabbaRanks
ShabbaRanks 2 months ago
Jesus. Your body-fat scale shouldn’t be varying by that much each time.
Sonicz Forever
Sonicz Forever 2 months ago
Mine is off by 13 percent. Im at 33.5 calipers method. Consistently 33. I have a lot of body fat mine is based on bmi 19.7. Calipers best method the closer the measurement to accurate. Ive got all the hallmarks too. Larger measurement. Less definition losing 7 percents a game changer but don't go too low. Not healthy for women and can kill. Bmi and body fat are seperate and need to be at acceptable levels.
Tim Wallace
Tim Wallace 2 months ago
No it's not accurate I had my body fat professionally measured and the percentage is not even close It's a good average to compare against but the actual number is way off
jbattista
jbattista Month ago
Same. I was +8.1% on the Withings scale lol
tru tube
tru tube 2 months ago
LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR. No scale needed. You'll KNOW the moment you stopped lying to yourself.
Heliox
Heliox 2 months ago
omega true
Nelfon Croon
Nelfon Croon 3 months ago
This is great information for people who aren't familiar with these kinds of calculations. But I think the BF% is a better measurement to set yours goal to, not a weight reading, because as we exercise (depending on how much free weight exercise we do) we also gain weight in the form of muscle (which is heavier than fat). So weight should be secondary, in my opinion, to body fat% as a metric to set your goals to.
pine apple
pine apple 3 months ago
i measured an 11% BF using calipers and got the same thing with my scale
Toxic nerd
Toxic nerd 3 days ago
@pine apple lool just say it if its good
pine apple
pine apple 3 months ago
@ShriPlayz a body composition scale. i dont want to name a brand to promote chinese made crap
ShriPlayz
ShriPlayz 3 months ago
What kind of scale do you have?
Julia Brown
Julia Brown 3 months ago
My weight as a 58 year old female 5 feet 9 and half is 172 and 34.7 percent body fat from a dexa scan on august 2 2020 I'm discouraged I hope to get to 31 percent well good luck there are always more important things in life of course like are hearts
Mohammad KSA
Mohammad KSA 3 months ago
I’m watching this video while I’m eating triple burger with extra cheese
F__A__H__A__D__D
F__A__H__A__D__D 23 hours ago
جعله بالعافيه
Andrew Meyer
Andrew Meyer 3 months ago
I started by collecting % body fat values for a couple weeks and used the average to calculate my lean weight, which won’t change much going forward. From then on I haven’t worried much about the % body fat numbers. I say lean weight won’t change much, but that’s only true if you’re goal is a couple lbs a week or less. More than that and you risk losing lean weight (muscle).
Rodolfo Rafael Machado e Silva
Rodolfo Rafael Machado e Silva 3 months ago
Very informative, well done! Surely the best video on this theme around! 💪
Khaliunaa Och
Khaliunaa Och 3 months ago
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Some frassed Prawn
Some frassed Prawn 3 months ago
Thanks independent Asian lady
Gene groover
Gene groover 3 months ago
3:41 After drinking a liter of water, "Your actual body fat percentage doesn't change." I believe your statement may be wrong and here is why. Your body fat percentage does change after drinking some water because the water will add WEIGHT which is used to calculate your overall body fat percentage by the scale. With your scale, the body fat percentage change may be a small change due to the amount of water or "the increase in weight from the water that you just drank" but it has changed. Your body fat percentage is a percentage of your overall body composition. The scale is calculating the percentage from the weights of the individual components. It's a very complicated algorithm that determines from the speed of the electrical impulse (like you said) that has traveled through your body, the individual weights of each component. It calculates how much of your total weight is water (which has changed because you drank 1 liter), fat, bone, and muscle. So it must be understood that a change in one component will cause a change in the percentages of all the components. So, your overall body fat percentage HAS changed from drinking the water. The change may be small but it has changed.
Stefan Weilhartner
Stefan Weilhartner 2 months ago
this is also the reason why displaying the body fat in percentage rather than in absolute numbers is stupid in the first place. so, if you can not switch the display of the fat content from percentage to kg/lbs then you know that this scale is crap by design.
Gene groover
Gene groover 3 months ago
@A2B Fit_MMA He shouldn't have used the word "percentage". Words define our communication.
A2B Fit_MMA
A2B Fit_MMA 3 months ago
I think what he was referring to was that your fat mass does not change (which really it doesn’t). Drinking water won’t increase the amount of lean muscle or fat mass in your body.
DMINATOR
DMINATOR 4 months ago
I've been using Withings body scale for more than a year. Results have been very consistent most of the time when I gain or loose some weight. I've lost a lot about 2-3 % of body fat through the year according to the scale, and I believe it's accurate enough.
DMINATOR
DMINATOR 3 days ago
@Toxic nerd yeah it is called Withings Body Cardio. I think it costs about 149.95 EUR but I got it on sale so it was cheaper.
Toxic nerd
Toxic nerd 3 days ago
@DMINATOR how much it cost. Is that the name of the scale? "Body cardio"
DMINATOR
DMINATOR 3 days ago
@Toxic nerd I use Body Cardio
Toxic nerd
Toxic nerd 3 days ago
Which one do u use exactly please?
Tom Bath
Tom Bath 4 months ago
Surprised this doesnt have 1,000,000 views yet! Very technical description, thank you!
tone the moan
tone the moan 4 months ago
but of someone that weighs 400 pounds or is super obese and is unhealthy no muscle to speak of bedriddin 23 hours a day is on the scale , what would his percentage be ? are the scales just bullshit relative readings
Kiran McBanana
Kiran McBanana Month ago
The scales can offer an estimate.
Joel Mc
Joel Mc 4 months ago
You didn't gain 2lbs of muscle in a week. People don't understand how long it really takes to build contractile tissue. With hard work you can expect to put on 10lbs of muscle in 3 years!
Kw R
Kw R 5 months ago
Has anyone ever done the float tank body fat test? And then tested their body fat on one of these scales?
Stefan Weilhartner
Stefan Weilhartner 2 months ago
@ChooseFI dexa is the most accurate but still has flaws. muscle can contain glycogen which is the storage form of glucose in the muscle. with every gram of glucose, the muscle also stores approx. 3g of water. that means, if you are in ketosis, then your glycogen stores are low, the muscles look smaller. if you do some carb loading, your muscle glycogen stores blow up with water. the dexa machine can not differentiate that. that results in a different body fat percentage. but maybe the dexa can still calculate the absolute total fat mass (in kg/lbs) right - which i don't know
Kw R
Kw R 4 months ago
@ChooseFI yea please let me know the results!!
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
@Kw R Our community manager is planning to try a dexa scan soon, but she hasn't used one of these scales. It would be neat to compare the findings.
Kw R
Kw R 5 months ago
@ChooseFI I have heard of dexa, would love to compare the results from that to these scales
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
That's a great idea. I don't know anyone who has done this. Have you ever heard of DEXA Scan? It's available at some health facilities, gyms, etc. It can tell body composition like fat, muscle, and bone.
S S
S S 5 months ago
For $18 on Amazon one of these scales gets it about ~90% right. Close enough compared to $99 for a DXASCAN
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Yup, sometimes good enough is good enough. Striving to be healthy is more important.
GK_Knight
GK_Knight 5 months ago
I am so confused by my digital scales. It says my body fat % is 16%, but when I use tape measure for my hips and use www.calculator.net/body-fat-calculator.html I get closer to 13%. Which one is more accurate bro?!
Steve Adey
Steve Adey Month ago
@ChooseFI - Your waist measurement is useful to measure visceral fat, which is more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. However, you have also ignored the impact of diet and exercise on lean body mass. In my view, the scale readings have no clear relationship to 'real' body values for muscle, fat, bones, water and other components of the body.
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Hmmm... my gut instinct is that the scale is better than the estimates at the website you referenced.
Aximay Sosa
Aximay Sosa 5 months ago
You information and calculations is very accurate. It gives a general guide as to how to calculate your weight for your general goal. You did specify that when doing them, you assumed that you wouldn't be gaining any muscle mass, but I think people should also keep in mind that when you start working out to lose weight, you are gonna gain some amount muscle no matter what. So yes do the calculations but also realize that your end weight will be higher than what you calculated, even if to lose the percentage you want because at the end of the day percentage is a proportion of fat to lean tissue and if you gain more muscle than you previously had and reached the percentage you wanted, that also means you didn't lose the amount of fat you calculated, resulting inn your total end weight to be higher than you calculated. That why you have to consistently take your body fat percentage, because the amount of muscle and fat in your body will be fluctuating and the only thing that matters is how they relate to each other. This also explains why different body types look, have different sizes, and different weights when considered healthy for them specifically. As you can see, at the end of the day, being a specific weight isn't the goal, but to use the weight as information for an overall analysis of your health for YOUR specific body.
astrobeans
astrobeans 5 months ago
Wow, this is a really well-made video.
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Wow, thanks! Glad you think so.
Bobby Boucher
Bobby Boucher 5 months ago
Wait... should our height not play a factor here with regard to Body Fat %. I’m 193.5cm (6’3”.5), 81kg (178.5lbs),but on the rest of the worlds working out, that gives me a flat 10% Body Fat. That doesn’t work though, Because my Muscle Mass % isn’t even 50% and I still have visible stomach fat. I don’t look unhealthy at all, I do have a odd body shape in sense. I have a Barrel Chest, and even with the stomach fat my chest still sticks out further by 2 some inches. My entire rib cage is visible before it drop off, and is met by Some fat. I can feel the Six Pack, but like.. it would need to be some 4-5” Deep worth of 6 pack to fill in that void to make it flat... Sigh, just gonna have to settle for looking like Alien.. and Not Predator
DeftestAphid20
DeftestAphid20 5 months ago
No no they cannot. I never watched this video but that's the answer.
Bogdan Znakharenko
Bogdan Znakharenko 5 months ago
it is not about signal speed, electric speed is constant (for cases like human body and simple scale), it is all about resistance measurements
Eph Tea
Eph Tea 27 days ago
Yeah I laughed when he said "speed of the signal..."
Stefan Weilhartner
Stefan Weilhartner 2 months ago
it is a bit more complicated like that. the body has a "complex resistance". that means, that the resistance is frequency dependent. this is why we use the term impedance instead of resistance.
css20080301
css20080301 5 months ago
This video is based on the premise that either of the two values is your real body fat percentage. Any scale I used so far asked during set up whether I am “athletic” or “normal”. Based on the answer, the body fat percentage displayed changed by 5-6 points. I’d like a scale that tells me my body composition, not me telling that to the scale. And with that this calculation becomes moot - besides that some additional mathematical shortcuts are taken here (after dropping 15% you have 10% fat of your original weight left, but not 10% of your “new you”... more like 11-12%...). For me, I am using a body fat scale only to see whether I go in the right direction, and for that I only measure at the same time of day. I ignore the absolute value. I will never know whether I truly reach 10%, but if I did I’m pretty sure it would not make me a happier person. Looking in the mirror works much better for that.
bruno_tnc
bruno_tnc 5 months ago
Well done man, this is informative and entertaining! Tons of value! Thanks
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Glad you enjoyed it!
Yian Pap
Yian Pap 5 months ago
Simple question: Does the Withings scale change your body fat percentage quote, if you change your age you presumably enter when you first set it up? My experience with another scale is that when I entered my real age (45), it showed me 18%, when I set it to 25, it showed 13.5% (repeatedly every morning, so no one-off error). This really shouldn't happen. Btw, my real body fat was around 12-13% as measured by a DEXA scan. So it seems that my scale is basically looking up a some averages based on age and then this plays a big part in the number it ultimately shows. Yes I know that I can still use it to capture a trend instead of the "real" numbers, but it would be nice to know if the Withings is paying less attention to database averages and more attention to the actual measurement is does. Of course it's also worth adding that such a scale is obviously only capturing the fat on your lower body, since the current flows from one leg to the other, and as such does not say anything about your upper body (just assumes that your upper body has the same distribution). But that is not always the case as different people have different body fat distribution genetically. Me for example always had less fat on the legs than the upper body, quite a bit less so that the average person.
Oscarius87
Oscarius87 5 months ago
But if you do workout, you lose fat and gain muscle. So you cant say that you need to lose xxlbs of body mass to hit 15% fat. If you are 185lbs and lose 10lbs fat, but gain 10lbs of musce, weight is the same, but your body looks different. Am i wrong ? 🤷🏼‍♂️🤔
Jeet Shah
Jeet Shah 5 months ago
The scale will never be the best measure. Fat calipers are the only ones that give you the best measure based off the areas your body tends to store fat, which varies between men and women.
Abu Noura
Abu Noura 5 months ago
If the circumtances are fulfilled properly, than the machine rarely gets wrong..
Red Eye
Red Eye Month ago
@RRuthlessMMA you can also use the band to provide it with more info about how much you burned so it will give a close prediction that's how for example the Mi body scale one works
RRuthlessMMA
RRuthlessMMA 5 months ago
What do u mean bro
John Moore
John Moore 5 months ago
This is what I do to get the most accurate measurement: 1. Weigh yourself right after you wake up. 2. Weigh yourself naked. 3. Don't eat or drink anything before weighing. 4. Pee before weighing. 5. *This one is overlooked by most people,* only weigh yourself if you've pooped the day prior/have had normal bowel movements. For example I poop at night, so if I didn't poop the prior night, I won't weigh myself as it'll be 1-3lbs higher than it should be. 6. Don't weigh yourself after abnormal days, ie. a night you drank heavily, a day you were exposed to excessive heat or physical work out of the ordinary to you, or a day like Thanksgiving or Christmas where you likely pigged out etc. If you do all of those things you'll end up with a very accurate weight and a pretty accurate body fat percentage if your scale does it.
Toxic nerd
Toxic nerd 3 days ago
Bro which kind of scale do u use? Recommned me
Darren Mc Bryan
Darren Mc Bryan 2 months ago
And calculate the weekly average
TVReggie
TVReggie 5 months ago
@Mrs Lyds you’d be supprised how much eating will throw off a scale. I went from 180 after eating a ton and next week I was 173
Mrs Lyds
Mrs Lyds 5 months ago
Oooooffff 1-3lbs of poop? That’s why we say “u are full of shit” I guess! 🤣 jk
Martijn Benschop
Martijn Benschop 5 months ago
I always take the measurements at the same moment: When i wake up. At least that takes away the variable of timing. Just don't take the readings of BF% too strict. It's a good guide i think. But in the end it's how it looks in the mirror and be happy with that or work towards your goal. And it's a good tool for measuring progress. Good video :)
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Absolutely, taking your measurements at the same time and wearing the same clothes reduces variables. But in the end, it is about your health, goal progress, how you feel, etc.
Sarvesh Dhakal
Sarvesh Dhakal 6 months ago
When weight changes, % body fat will change slightly. Not so much. % Body fat = weight of fat/total weight of body. So, when weight increases, given the same amount of weight of fat, % body fat will drop slightly. So, drinking water would show less % fat???
Stefan Weilhartner
Stefan Weilhartner 2 months ago
yes, you are right
balboa0621
balboa0621 6 months ago
I don't know what you are talking about, mine varies by .5% and that is based on how much food is in my digestive system. I weigh my self at the same time, first thing in the morning
Contrude
Contrude 6 months ago
Wow I've been listening to your podcast on and off for years and found a video on body fat from you looking for info on scales. Haha awesome! Thanks man!
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 6 months ago
Epic. I go down rabbit holes what can I say :)
Fahad A
Fahad A 6 months ago
Finally someone that knows what he's talking about
Bari Martin
Bari Martin Month ago
@Stefan Weilhartner .....yeah totally
Drew Stuckey
Drew Stuckey 2 months ago
Agreed this helped me so much thank you
Stefan Weilhartner
Stefan Weilhartner 2 months ago
no, he is wrong. he does not know percentage calculation.
Karson Mitchell
Karson Mitchell 4 months ago
Fr
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Aww, thanks!
Steeler Y360 Nation
Steeler Y360 Nation 6 months ago
Excellent Video on how to Measure Body Fat Percentage Accurately!
Guy9221
Guy9221 6 months ago
Errr. The part about measuring the electrical signal’s speed isn’t quite right. It’s actually measuring the electrical resistance of the body. But great explanation anyway!
Gary Katch
Gary Katch Month ago
@Stefan Weilhartner depends whether we measure DC or AC. Resistance is fine for DC sources or purely resistive circuits. I’ll have to find out what kind of “signal” these scales use.
Stefan Weilhartner
Stefan Weilhartner 2 months ago
no, it is the impedance, that is not the same like the resistance.
عبدالسلام محمد
عبدالسلام محمد 7 months ago
Everything in this vid is perfect except the American scale system crabs
Space Match
Space Match 7 months ago
Really cool video thank you, I just got this scale carried Inevifit usposts.info/vision/ms2dxru-fm6jero/video is this any good?
Prashant k Prasad
Prashant k Prasad 7 months ago
mi body composition scale doss the home work for you
Shivam Singh
Shivam Singh 6 months ago
Is it gud
randy K
randy K 7 months ago
I use a Yunmai scale and I think it is pretty darn accurate. I love to see how it tracks. Thank you for the video! It was so spot on!
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Thanks for watching!
raj islam 2
raj islam 2 7 months ago
Thanks for sharing this product, this very nice product, I know a body scale which is a very attractive design and also in a cheap rate www.mi.com/global/mi-body-composition-scale
Brandon Jones
Brandon Jones 7 months ago
One thing to remember when doing weight loss calculations is that you for every 5 pounds you lose roughly 1 pound will be lean body mass. You will have less blood volume, tissue, ect.. So if you lose 5 lbs of total weight only 4 lbs of that will be fat assuming you are eating an adequate amount of protein and resistance training during the diet.
MrEye4get
MrEye4get 7 months ago
What happened to calculating height and weight to determine BMI? What's so hard about that when these scales are inaccurate by 10-15%?
R B
R B 6 months ago
MrEye4get - BMI doesn’t account for muscle. Since muscle weighs more than fat, a muscular person may be considered obese according to BMI. Nothing is accurate. Just look for trends heading in the right direction. So if for 4 weeks the trend is going in the right direction, be happy. Too many people rely on what these numbers say daily. Trust the trend over weeks, not the daily numbers.
Mark Bonnett
Mark Bonnett 7 months ago
Thank you
Lawncher
Lawncher 8 months ago
Timing to see your video when I just ordered my smart scale online. It’s the eufy body sense P1 model. What can you say about this one?
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
We haven't used that one. Hope it worked out for you!
Ibrahim Kikic
Ibrahim Kikic 8 months ago
Thank you! Very helpful!
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Thanks for tuning in.
stfuna4b
stfuna4b 8 months ago
Hey man, good video and good explanations. Just wanted to add that for bodyfat measurement by sending an electrical current in your body (impedance measurement), the current is going to take the path of least resistance to go from one electrode to the other. This means the current won't go through the whole body, so if you step on the scale, the bf % will be biased towards what's in your legs and maybe lower trunk. If you grip handles with your hands, same story with arms and torso. Unfortunately, fat isn't distributed uniformly in the body, and the distribution is different for everyone. Anyway, all bf measurement methods are wrong, what matters is - as you said - whether they're consistent and can give us a reliable trend.
Domenic Nicosia
Domenic Nicosia 14 days ago
In essence they are useful as a relative measurement at the start of your plan/diet, but as an absolute measurement impedance measurement is useless.
NobleFalcon
NobleFalcon Month ago
What if I kinda squat then measure, will the fat percentage travel fully.
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Yes, overall it's how your health and fitness levels are trending that matters. When you say all BF measurement methods are wrong, have you looked at DEXA scans? What's your experience with it? Thanks.
Devin Ingram
Devin Ingram 9 months ago
This is so helpful!!!
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Thanks!
JP Jacobs
JP Jacobs 9 months ago
Love it thanks, I've been looking for a video juat like this to see if you could at least use it to identify longer term trends
JP Jacobs
JP Jacobs 9 months ago
@ChooseFI If you get on the scale, take a reading, then get off the scale and repeat another few readings after another how close are the bf% and muscle mass values to each other? Are they consistent with all variables being the same?
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 9 months ago
Thank you for the feed back. Yeah that's exactly why I made this video I couldn't find a common sense video solution to that exact question. Glad you found it helpful
Be better Each day
Be better Each day 10 months ago
When did financial independence become a weight loss channel? I’m out
Alan White
Alan White 10 months ago
Bodyfat%1= fat*100/weight. Bodyfat%2=fat*100/(weight+1). So after drinking 1 litre of water, your weight AND your body fat % change.
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 10 months ago
Yeah that's a great point. I don't think it maps out to the variance you're seeing. But great point
I don't want a channel I'm just commenting
I don't want a channel I'm just commenting 10 months ago
My fitbit is off by about .3 of a percent. Try measuring yourself 2 or 3 times in a row...
Tony Nietnagel
Tony Nietnagel Month ago
As long as the inaccuracy is fairly constant you can easily account for it. Personally I would not be willing to pay a large premium for higher accuracy
Mollie tol
Mollie tol 4 months ago
@ChooseFI Ofcourse. Also when the average number the scale gives is 25% for instance, don't take it as "my bodyfat % is 25" but instead meassure yourself again the day after or the week after (and ofcourse take the summary again) and when the scale says 20% for instance, you can relatively accurately say you've lost about 5%. The scale might not be too accurate but the amount the calculations are off by tend to be. Also meassure in the mornings when you haven't eaten anything yet might help, or if you eat around the same amount of calories a day you could opt to meassure in the evening after a full day of eating.
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 5 months ago
Interesting. Do you average the results then?
Keith Lewandowski
Keith Lewandowski 10 months ago
I personally love the @wyze scale for $20
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 10 months ago
Wow that looks great!! What a great price
Keith Lewandowski
Keith Lewandowski 10 months ago
@ChooseFI wyze.com/wyze-scale
Keith Lewandowski
Keith Lewandowski 10 months ago
@ChooseFI I'm sorry but I am not sure about the libra/happy scale part of your question but their iOS app works great on integrating all their products into it. Wyze also has a lot of other affordable "smart" products like a camera, led light bulbs, plugs, door lock. Oh and I'm just a fan of their products, not affiliated in any way with Wyze.
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 10 months ago
Nice, the most important feature for me is that it connect to iOS or Android. Would I be able to use it with my preferred tracking app (libra/ happy scale)
ChooseFI
ChooseFI 10 months ago
Heres the Withings Smart Scale: tinyurl.com/yb7ptqak , What do you think can you trust the Body Fat Readout on your smart scale?
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