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Top 6 Body Fat Monitors

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Updated June 10, 2014

Body fat measurement can give you a truer picture of your fitness and health risks than just weight. Scales and devices that use bioelectrical impedance offer a quick and fairly accurate way to track your body fat. Athlete and child settings are important if you plan to use it for kids or those with high muscle mass and low body fat. Using calipers is trickier to get right, but is a method in common use.

1. Withings Wifi Body Scale

Withings Scale 640
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This sleek and stylish scale measures weight to 0.2 lb or 0.1 kg and uses bioelectrical impedance to measure fat mass, lean mass and body mass index. It transmits the data via Wi-Fi to the Withings.com website; users can access their personal data and graphs on the website or via an iPhone app. Up to eight users can use the scale and each can set their privacy level. You can have your measurements Tweeted if you desire. Maximum weight: 396 pounds or 180 kilograms.

2. Omron HBF-400 Fat Loss Monitor with Scale

Omron HBF-400 Body Fat Monitor and Scale
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This Omron scale can be set up for four different users, plus a guest option. It stores the last four readings per person for comparison and for tracking progress over time. In addition to weight, it displays body fat percentage and BMI (body mass index). For BMI, it indicates whether you are in a healthy range, overweight, obese, etc. It has a weight limit of 330 pounds. The drawback is that you have to bend down to press buttons to access earlier measurements.

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3. Tanita BF-680 Scale and Body Fat Monitor

Tanita Body Fat/ Water Scale
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The Tanita BF-680 Scale has two-person memory, weight, body fat percent and body water percent. It has an easy-to-read display. Weight is given in 0.2 pound increments and body fat percentage in 0.1% increments. It has a 330-lb. weight capacity.

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4. EatSmart GoFit Digital Body Fat Scale

EatSmart Precision GoFit Digital Body Fat Bathroom Scale
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This scale displays weight, body fat percentage, total body water, muscle mass and bone mass. It automatically recognizes up to eight different users. But it doesn't display BMI and it doesn't compare the current readings to past readings.

5. Omron Body Fat Analyzer

Omron Body Fat Analyzer
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This handheld unit lacks a weight scale, so you must input the weight. It gives body fat percentage and body fat weight. It is programmable for multiple users.

6. FatTrack Digital Skinfold Caliper

Fat Track Pro 640
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Electronic fat calipers do the calculating for you and beeps to tell you that you are using the right pressure. They store data for up to three people. Calipers can be tricky to use, but these eliminate some of the sources of error with those features.

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