13 Best (and Worst) Ways to Measure Body Fat

What's the best way to calculate your body fat? Experts separate the legit from the ridiculous.

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by Jessica Migala

Sure, a bathroom scale tells you how much you weigh, but that number doesn't always tell the whole story. A thin person can still have an unhealthy amount of body fat lurking beneath their skin. Likewise, a muscular athlete with a low body fat percentage may weigh more than traditional height-weight charts deem healthy. Here are 13 other testssome common, some trendy, some you'll remember from gym classthat measure body fat, and how accurately they can tell you whether you're carrying around too much fat.

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