Body fat is something that we usually never want to know right? I can understand why this is the case. We are all unique, so, we don’t want to be compared to someone else.
Also, not all body fat devices are accurate or reliable so your body fat could actually be lower or higher than what a device says.
However, in today’s blog, I want to show you how using one particular body fat measurement can help you discover why you might not be losing body fat.
What Are Skinfold Calipers?
Skinfold calipers are hand held devices that measure body fat at specific sites on your body. These sites include places such as your stomach, arms, back, legs and chest.
They measure subcutaneous fat. This type of fat is beneath the skin and is what we pinch when we take your body fat with calipers.
Skinfold calipers are used by fitness professionals because they are the most practical method. They are also relatively inexpensive and they do not take a long time to assess.
Why Are They Important to You?
Skinfold calipers are important to you not only because they assess body fat, but, more importantly, they can give you a clue about your body’s hormones.
Check this out:
Research shows that if someone has lost fat from their thighs, but not their stomach, this could mean that they have too much of the stress hormone cortisol.
If someone is losing stomach fat, but not fat from their arms, this could mean that they have issues with their intake of carbs.
Finally, if someone is losing fat in their stomach and back, but not in their thighs and triceps, this could mean that they have too much estrogen.
Wow, you can find out all of this from just the pinching of your skin, yep!
A simple assessment such as using skinfold calipers can be the answer as to why you have been struggling to lose body fat.
Want More Information?
Body fat measuring can be more than just finding out what your body fat is. It can really help you discover why you have not been losing weight. If you would like more help, please contact us today!