Everything You Need To Know
About Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing.
What is a Hydrostatic Body Fat Test?
Definition: Hydrostatic weighing, also referred to as "underwater weighing," "hydrostatic body composition analysis," and "hydrodensitometry," is a technique for measuring the mass per unit volume of a living person's body. It is a direct application of Archimedes' principle, that an object displaces its own volume of water.
Why should I try Hydrostatic Weighing?
Body fat testing (rather than just stepping on your simple home scales) is the best way to find out what you are really made of! Research shows that Hydrostatic Testing (Underwater Weighing) has become universally regarded, by industry experts, as the "Gold Standard" in body fat testing.
Whether you are looking to lose weight, gain weight, or just maintain your current weight, having a Hydrostatic Body Fat Test done will provide you with a wealth of information to let you know how you're doing.
"That hydrostatic testing (underwater immersion) is the most accurate method for body fat determination." Renowned author and fitness expert Covert Bailey, in the phenomenal best seller "Fit or Fat"
How do other body fat testing methods compare?
Hydrostatic Body Fat Test
- Regarded as the “Gold Standard” in body fat testing
- Fast test time (5-10 minutes)
- Most accurate technology available today
- Provides the best repeatability from test to test (tracking changes)
- Error rate around 1.5%
- Low equipment maintenance
- Has been the most accurate method for over 30 years
- Requires knowledge to administer test
- Being submerged underwater might be a little difficult for some (if you’re uncomfortable going underwater for a few seconds.)
- Must be able to blow out your air
Duel Energy X-Ray (Dexa)
- Under proper conditions it provides accurate results
- Error Rate is less than 2% under proper conditions
- Radiation exposure is relatively low but it is still new technology
- Very expensive equipment
- High Cost per test
- Different DEXA equipment can produce different results
- X-Ray license required to use machine
- Frequent testing may be of concern due to radiation exposure
- Was designed for discriminating bone density as opposed to soft tissue such as organs, muscle and fat
Caliper Body Fat Test
- Easy to use once skill is mastered
- Does not require much time
- Noninvasive method
- Inexpensive way of estimating body fat percent
- Technical sources of error
- Error rate up to +/-8%
- Mostly concerned with subcutaneous fat (under the skin)
- May not be an ideal measurement for those who are obese, or very lean.
- Reliability is highly dependent upon skill and the type of calipers used
Bod Pod Body Fat Testing
- Fast 5 -10 minutes
- Not difficult to operate
- Error ratio +/-3 percent
- Results effected by body temp of muscles
- Hydration levels can effect results
- Body hair can have an effect on the results
- Very expensive equipment
- Breathing pattern might affect the results
- Can have a claustrophobic effect