Friday, September 5, 2014
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To avoid BMI misclassification, I recommend the following options

1 BODY-FAT TESTING

True fitness fanatics go with hydrostatic weighing, considered the gold standard of body-fat testing. This test requires that your body be submerged in a special water tank. The theory is: Bone and muscle are more dense in water; therefore, a person with less body fat will weigh more in water. On the other hand, a person with high body fat and less muscle mass will weigh less in water. Years ago, I did this test at Temple University. It is likely offered at other area universities and hospitals, too. While not price prohibitive, this procedure will likely cost $150 to $200.

 

2 ULTRASOUND, X-RAY AND DEXA

These scans are the New Age way to have your body fat tested. They're considered very accurate but will expose you to irradiation and pinch your wallet.

 

3 JUMP

If you want to keep it real, stand in front of a mirror in the nude and jump up and down. If anything's moving that shouldn't, that's your cue to shed a few pounds.

 

4 PINCH

The pinch an inch test never fails to give immediate feedback on whether we could stand to lose a few.

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