How to Use the Omron Body Fat Analyzer

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The Omron Body Fat Analyzer is a hand-held, portable device that utilizes bioelectrical impedance to determine body fat percentage based on Body Mass Index value. The percentage is the amount of body fat present as compared to lean body mass.

Turn the Omron Body Fat Analyzer on by pressing the "on" button. The accuracy of this machine is dependent on consistent use and the inputting of accurate data. While there is a guest setting, for optimal results, up to nine people could set up a personal number that will save the information each time the machine is used.

Select the number from one to nine that will hold that user's information. Determine whether or not to use the athletic mode or normal mode (based on FIT index). Calculate the FIT index of the person attempting to measure body fat. The FIT index is simple, multiply the frequency x intensity x time of exercise during the week. If the number is greater than 60, choose the athletic mode. If is is less than 60, choose the normal mode. There is a chart in the instruction manual to determine the values of various activities both intensity and time.

Enter personal data. Set height, weight, age and gender. Each one will appear, scroll up or down until the proper value is on the screen, then hit "set." The next category will appear until all person data is entered.

Stand with feet, shoulder-width apart, and grip the handles. Wrap the palms around the electrode pads (metallic pads) with thumbs pointing vertically. Hold the Omron Body Fat Analyzer straight out in front, with arms parallel to the ground. Hold steady and press "start." The device will send a slight electrical current throughout the body to determine body fat percentage and BMI. The values will appear on the screen.

Interpret the values based on the information in the manual.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the manual is not available, BMI information is common and internationally recognized. A simple Internet search will give the same information printed in the manual, in reference to the determined ranges with regard to body fat versus BMI. With regard to the FIT index, if the manual is not available, you probably have a general idea as to whether you lead an athletic life versus a normal life. The difference is not crucial, but it lends a small percentage more accuracy.

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