Accurate Scales?

I get bombarded with e-mails from all over the world, from Japan to Argentina, and it's really interesting to see how small differences there are!
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I'm confused. I started out with a bodyweight of 174 lbs 4 months ago. According to the bodyfat-meter at the gym, I was at 12.2% bodyfat. It's not one of those plastic advertised-on-TV scams, it's a real, professional bodyfat-meter. Anyway, since then I've been training hard and kept a mostly good diet. Or so I thought, until I checked the bodyfat again - I'm still 174 lbs, but I'm now up to 18.3% bodyfat! I don't get it, I look the same in the mirror!

I think you pretty much answered your own question. If the mirror tells you one thing, the scale confirms it, and a crappy piece of equipment tells you differently by making an obviously absurd claim... I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. In addition, according to that machine, you would have coincidentally LOST the exact amount of muscle mass as you GAINED fat so as to keep your bodyweight the same.

Uhh... I don't think so. To get a REAL measurement of your progress, make it a habit to measure your waist, arms, shoulders and thighs first thing in the morning every Monday and note your development. If your arms, shoulders and thighs increase while the waist is the same, you're on track. If your waist is increasing, it's time to scale back on the food or up cardio. It's that simple!

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