I'm struggling to get my body fat index down past my best score of 16.5% at present. It seems to be fluctuating between that and 20%. What should be the ideal figure for cycling?? The better weather will see me out on the mountains hill walking as usual, and obviously on the bike, so I reckon I'll be losing about 4 to 5Lbs during the summmer months
These machines that calculate bodyfat composition etc can be quite fickle and the time of day and what you've had to drink can make a massive difference to the results.
They work by taking your weight and height then passing a current from one limb to another and calculating the resistance. High water content in fat conducts more easily where muscle offers more resistance. I have scales that do it and try use them early in the morning for the most consistent results.
My home scales (£12 from Aldi ) show me as having 14.1% bodyfat whereas the ones in the gym show 11%.
Dans correct, the only way to get a consistent reading is to do it as soon as your out bed before even so much as a brew The best way is with set of calipers however that seems to be a dieing art these days (and plaese dont say being weighed in a pool as its not realistically doable for 99% of people)
Anything below 15% is execellent for an adult and generally requires a well monitored diet.