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What is the most accurate way to measure body fat at home?

If you’ve ever felt a bit confused by the number you see when you hop on the scales at home, you’re certainly not alone. Many of us rely on a combination of checking our appearance and our weight to measure weight change. Of course, if you’re serious about your fat loss or muscle gain goals, ‘losing weight’ is far too vague a target. You need a body composition test to help you formulate a clear plan.

What is a body composition test?

The most accurate way to measure your fat and lean muscle is through what is known as a Dexa body composition test. This scan uses a dose of ionising x-ray radiation and acts as a body fat calculator and a lean muscle calculator. Don’t worry, this radiation isn’t harmful at all and your body scan only takes around four minutes.

What measurements does it give?

Rather than just telling you how much your body weighs, your body scan report measures the lean muscle tissue, fat, and bone in your arms, legs, and torso. It also observes the amount of unseen fat that may have accumulated around your internal organs. 

Tracking progress

Your initial scan report gives you your starting point. You can have another scan as early as eight weeks to check your progress if you are observing a more intense fitness programme, but most have their next scan around 12 weeks to track changes.  

How we can help you

Though we specialise in dexa body fat measurement in the London area, we also offer a more basic body composition calculator, and we can help you determine your resting metabolic rate. From this, we can use our calorie calculator to determine exactly how many calories you need to maintain or lose weight.
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