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Measuring Body Fat Percentage by Hydrostatic Weighing

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This is simply underwater weighing and is one of the more accurate tests for determining your body composition.

First, your dry weight is measured. First they measure your dry weight. Next, you are lowered into a water tank until you are completely submerged. At this point you blow out any further air that you can. Then your underwater weight is measured.

The margin of error is around 2-3 percent but the accuracy depends on how much air you can expel from your lungs. You must blow it all out or it won't be as accurate as it could be. This can be disturbing for anyone who is uncomfortable in water.

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