Dexa is the only accurate way but even that depends on the operator. Another way to go is using photo-based charts of body fat percentage. Just compare how you look to the bodies in the photos, find the one that is closest. This should get you to within 5 percentage points. That’s as accurate as the Withings scales (I have a Withings scale).
The more the body shape is apple vs pear, the more visceral fat. All of my excess body fat is on my abdomen; my goal is a “six-pack” (goal is something to aim for) to ensure minimum visceral fat.
The pictures are definitely helpful. My biometric scale puts me at 14.6% but the navy method at closer to 17%. Comparing myself to the photos I’d estimate 15-17%. I think it’s possible for average people who don’t have access to a having a dexa scan to get a rough idea with more everyday things like a tape measure and affordable smart scale. Of course with visible abs I doubt there’s any reason for concern about visceral fat but I will admit I could be wrong.
My fitness “smart scale” says 12%, the Navy calculator says 16%. Since the Navy calculator is more in line with the pictures Agetron provided and what I look like, I have to conclude that the Navy calculator is more accurate than my scale.
If you can find a DexaFit or DexaBody facility reasonably close by, you can get a DXA scan at moderate cost (~$100) and without a prescription, that will accurately report visceral fat, body fat percentage by region in your body, and bone density which is important for all of us. The PEARL clinical trial is using DexaFit facilities for their study. Getting scans over time with the same machine and operator helps deal with variability in the scanning process.
You might look in to Inbody machines. They use different technology than Dexa, so would be safer to use more frequently for body fat measurements.
They have at home scales that may be similar to the one you have. I’m guessing one of the bigger machines you’d have to go to a gym or some other office would be more accurate than the at home scale, but it’s hard to say.
Can anyone tell me if a body fat of ~10% is low/unhealthy ?
My body weight scales keep telling me, it is, but I’m not so sure.
All my other body metrics seems to be okay, apart from body fat (based on two different impedance scales and US navy body fat calculator). Unfortunately I don’t have access to a DEXA scan as I live in the UK.
Just get a tape measure and measure your waist. Waist/height is still one of the best predictors for general health. (0.4-0.49 is the normal healthy range for males). And these scales are just crap, try standing on them with some weight and see you suddenly have more muscle or take a dumb ans see how they tell you you have just lost muscle