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Easy to use, excellent product,
The Omron HBF-306 is very simple to use. Because it uses electrical resitance and calculated "wing span" to measure BF%, it's possible (due to differences in arm length) that your reading may not be 100% accurate compared to a clinical "immersion" test. However, it is definitely consistent! I also have caliper type pinchers and found them too inconsistent (unless you can pinch the same exact spot each time).
With the Omron HBF-306, you can easily track changes in your body fat % as you progress through your fitness training. You'll be able to easily tell if your losing fat and/or gaining muscle by monitoring your BF% along with your weight. Check your weight and body fat % first thing in the morning for the most consistent readings. I highly recommend it.
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Initial post: Mar 25, 2013 4:34:53 PM PDT
G. Fanucci says:
Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor:
If I take 5 measurements within 5 minutes they can vary by about 2 or 3 percent (with the same clothes, same hydration, same settings, and holding the device in the same way each time.)
So, it seems you must take several measurements and average them out, and look for trends over weeks and months, not days. Or take three consecutive measurements and use the middle one.
A $30 device is what you paid for, and what you get here. Underwater weighing is accurate within a fraction of one percent, but one hydrostatic measurement at a health club can cost more than this device, you have to get wet and exhale and hold your breath underwater.
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