Body Fat Calipers are easy to use in the privacy of your home, with amazing accuracy and reliability. Since the majority of fat on the body is located directly under the skin, a very efficient and practical way to measure your body fat percentage is skinfold measurement – the scientific approach to the time-honored “pinch an inch” method. A body fat tester is a precision instrument which has been shown in clinical studies to be closer in accuracy to the “gold standard” underwater weighing than any of the more elaborate methods of measuring body fat (without the inconvenience, expense, trained personnel, and lack of privacy these methods entail). So whether you choose to use the Personal Body Fat Tester privately or with the help of someone else, just follow the simple steps below – it’s as easy as ONE, TWO, THREE.

Step 1 The site you will use for skinfold measurement is the suprailliac (approximately one inch above the right hipbone, see figure 1).


Step 2 While standing, firmly pinch the suprailliac skinfold between your left thumb and forefinger, see figures 2 and 3. Place the jaws of the Personal Body Fat Tester over the skinfold, while continuing to hold the skinfold with the left hand, see figure 4.
Step 3 Press with the thumb where indicated on the Personal Body Fat Tester until you feel a slight click. The slide member will automatically stop at the correct measurement, see figure 5. After reading your measurement, return the slide member to the far right starting position. Repeat three times and use the average as your measurement. Refer to the body fat interpretation chart to determine your body fat percentage and what it means.

Body Fat Interpretation Chart. Download chart here.

Information provided by Accu Measure.