The suprailiac location is located approximately one inch above the right hip bone. Always take the measurement from the right side of the body. This ensures accuracy in the measurement.
Practice finding this location. Ensure you are standing up to find this location and to take the measurement. Find it? Good. Let’s take the skin fold measurement.
Pinch Skin and Fat — Not Muscle
This is the important part of the measurement. You need to only pinch skin and fat. Practice feeling the difference in muscle and fat as you pinch. See Figures 2 and 3 below. Remember, you will practice taking this measurement every morning for a few weeks until you become more accurate and precise. You’ll become an expert in no time.
Use your thumb and forefinger to pinch the fat skin fold. Always use the same thumb and forefinger. Duplicate the same method each and every time for accurate and precise results.
Body Fat Calipers Measure the Thickness of the Skin Fold
Now that you’ve pinched the fat skin fold correctly, you can use your calipers to measure the thickness of the fat skin fold. Use your other hand to clamp down the calipers until you hear a click. Record your result.
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