When is the best time to measure my body fat?

When is the best time to measure my body fat?

Measure your body fat first thing in the morning

The best time…

The best time to measure your % body fat is:

  • first thing in the morning after waking up.
  • before eating, drinking, exercising, and/or showering.

Measure your % body fat at the same time, in the same environment and under the same circumstances each time. Many people find this is easiest to do in the morning.

If you measure later…

If you measure your body fat later in the day, take it:

  • two hours after eating a meal or drinking a large amount of fluid.
  • before taking a bath, showering, or sitting in a hot tub.
  • before exercising or using a sauna.
  • before drinking alcohol.

Eating, drinking, exercising, and/or sitting in a hot tub, etc. can affect the amount of water in your body, which can affect your body fat % reading.

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