The trend of being healthy and fit as well as having a perfectly shaped body is among the top treads of the 21st century for a lot of people. When one considers the emphasis many people place on achieving their best possible shape physically, it is no surprise that the supplement and training industries are booming. There are many approaches to getting and staying in shape, with the majority of these revolving around diets and training plans. However, to achieve superior conditioning, many turn to new and innovative ways to measure their progress. Now there are many techniques to measure one’s body fat and weight but only few of them give accurate results. In this article we’ll discuss the most used techniques in the world which are the body fat analyzer and the weight scale. Reading their Pros and Cons will help you understand if one is better than the other.
Weight scales utilize a series of levers to distribute weight evenly while placing tension on a spring connected to a dial. The spring is calibrated so it elongates under force, turning the attached dial until it displays a number proportionate to the weight distributed by each lever. While recent advancements make use of a series of counterweights, most weight scales rely on a simpler spring and lever design, which allows for a smaller and lighter construction. Also some scales feature a four-lever arrangement that is designed to function simultaneously. This ensures that the weight is transferred to the spring evenly so that it produces an accurate measurement. By measuring only a proportionate fraction of weight, the scales are able to make use of much smaller springs in their construction.
Pro & Cons
Unlike other advance scales, this scale is among the oldest one due to which it sometimes produces huge errors as well. When the spring in this mechanism is defected, it starts giving inaccurate results. But the digital weight scales have reduced the problem to quite an extent and give a more accurate reading than other advanced weight measuring instruments.
Body Fat Analyzers
Body fat analyzers come in two different types. They are either held in the hands or they are stepped on like a scale. In order to use them, your skin needs to be bare. Body fat analyzers have galvanized electrodes that send a small, painless current of electricity through your body. With the hand-held version, this signal is sent through one hand and travels down to the waist area, back up the body, and then through the other hand to the other electrode. It measures the subcutaneous fluid under the skin; in other words, your body fat. The floor version works the same way, except you stand on it, and it sends the signal up through your legs to your waist and then back down.
Pro & Cons
The results of a body fat analyzer are not set in stone. They can have a tendency of being 2% more or less than the actual weight at any given time. But they are very easy to use and are quite handy. One just needs to give certain information, like gender, etc. to some models and get the result. Having said, they are still accurate than the old methods and instruments used for measuring fat.
From above discussion, it can be easily understood that both methods have different pros and cons. If you desire to measure the body fat only then are the body fat analyzers the best but if one wants to measure the complete weight of the body than conventional weighting instruments are best indeed.