How to Best Measure and Monitor Your Body Composition
Getting the Most from Our TANITA Body Composition Scales
Top tips for how to best measure and monitor your body composition.
1. Measure once a week, at a similar time of day
Your body composition naturally changes due to factors such as eating, drinking, and sweating. These factors can change your body weight up to 5.5 pounfd during the course of the day, so it
is important to measure under most consistent circumstances possible.
2. Position your scale on a flat, solid floor surface
Avoid placing on soft surfaces, like carpet.
3. Avoid taking a measurement straight after exercise
Exercise affects your body in a number of ways, this can lead to inconsistent results.
4. Measure 2 to 3 hours after a meal
Undigested food/drink will artificially increase your weight. Large amounts of caffeine or alcohol tend to impact water transfer in your body and will have a negative impact on the accuracy of the results.
5. Always stand on the scale with bare feet
The electrodes in the scale need skin contact to provide correct measurements. Preferably measure with as little clothing as possible and empty your pockets (especially electrical devices such as phones, smart watches, and GPS devices).
6. Make sure to stand completely still while taking measurements
When measuring with a TANITA segmental scale with hand electrodes, make sure your arms are stretched out a bit so there is some room between your body and arms.
7. Keep the scale in a room with a moderate temperature and without high humidity
For this reason, it is not recommended to keep your scale in the bathroom.
8. Finally, keep your scale clean and free from dust
By following these guidelines, normal daily fluctuations will be able to better assess the real changes in your body composition over time.
Body Composition Scales
Using TANITA Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis Technology