Electronic body fat analyzers look like the steering wheel of an airplane (yoke) with an attached LCD screen. Electronic body fat analyzers are generally more convenient and easier to use when compared to traditional skinfold calipers, but are also considered to be slightly less accurate and result in more deviation between each measurement. This type of BMI monitor can be affected by hydration levels, exercise, eating, and other normal fluctuations, and is often even less accurate for individuals with an unusually high or low BMI. However, this method still provides a useful ballpark with which to track your clients’ progress.
Simply instruct your clients to hold the device at arms’ length away from their body, and the electronic body fat analyzer will quickly display their body fat percentage, BMI (body-mass index) and more on the LCD screen using electrical impedance, a small electrical current transmitted through the individual’s body.
The Omron Fat Loss Monitor is highly regarded in the industry and is generally accurate to within 5% (which is not an insignificant margin of error). Overall, this method results in much less hassle than traditional skinfold calipers and provides readings that are consistent enough to be used day to day (even if it is off by a small margin).