South FL BMI testing?
Hi, in the WPB area, and haven't had much luck finding affordable, effective BMI testing as Tim describes. Anyone know of a place where I can get reasonably priced BodPod or DEXA scan? I waited a month for an appt. with a GP, only to be told that the DEXA would cost over $300 and wouldn't be covered by insurance. Started the program anyway, but would still love to do the scan if anyone can refer me to a good local resource.
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FYI: BMI = body mass index, which is calculated based solely on your height and weight (and age for children I believe), and is a very unreliable metric.
You are referring to body fat % testing, or BF%.
I did not have much luck finding testing in my area either, but to save yourself some money, just look into getting some good calipers and check out the "Fat Burner" section of this site for instructions on how to use them (even recommends a couple styles of calipers). Get there by hovering over the "welcome" options in the top right of the browser window.
Your main goal for measuring BF% is to see a downward trend, so even if the tool you use isn't completely accurate, as long as you are using the same tool each time then you will still be able to track the progress through the consistent measuring method. So, if your caliper read says you start at 20%BF and arrive at 15%BF over time, then you can see that you are losing body fat. Whether or not the 20% was an accurate starting measurement is irrelevant, since the trend is all that is important - you can see a loss is occurring.
The only reason to really have your BF% checked by DEXA, Bod Pod, etc. would be if you wanted to compare to the accuracy of your other testing method, or needed to know for some reason other than curiosity.
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