FatCaliper+ uses the most accurate body fat measurement methods on the planet. Each method requires complex calculations to achieve reliable results. Choose between fat caliper and tape-based methods – whichever is convenient for you.

Body fat caliper methods require the use of a simple and inexpensive pair of body fat calipers and a bathroom scale. Depending on the calculation formula, some methods may require a bathroom scale and a tape measure.

Jackson-Pollock 3

Based on the research of Dr. Andrew Jackson and M. L. Pollock, this formula uses chest, abdomen, and thigh skinfold test results for males; and tricep, thigh, and suprailiac skinfold test results for females to calculate body fat. The Jackson-Pollock 3 formula is one of the more popular body fat caliper methods for it’s ease of use, especially for an individual taking their own body fat measurements.

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Jackson-Pollock 4

Based on the research of Dr. Andrew Jackson and M. L. Pollock, this body fat caliper method uses abdominal, tricep, thigh and suprailiac skinfold test results for both males and females to calculate body fat.

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Jackson-Pollock 7

Based on the research of Dr. Andrew Jackson and M. L. Pollock, this formula uses chest, axila, tricep, subscapular, abdominal, suprailiac and thigh skinfold test results for both males and females to calculate body fat.

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Durnin-Womersley

The Durnin-Womersley calculation is among the more popular fat caliper methods. Developed by Durnin and Womersley, this method uses tricep, bicep, subscapular, suprailiac skinfold test results for both males and females to calculate body fat.

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Yuhasz

Based on the research of Yuhasz, this formula uses tricep, subscapular, supraspinale, abdominal, thigh and calf skinfold test results for both males and females to calculate body fat.

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Parillo

The Parillo fat caliper method uses chest, abdominal, thigh, bicep, tricep, subscapular, suprailiac, lower back and calf skinfold test results combined with body weight for both males and females to calculate body fat. Despite being easy to perform, this very basic formula has questionable accuracy because its calculations do not take into account the differences between males and females.

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US Navy

Developed by the US Department of Defense, this formula uses height, and girth of neck and abdominal for males; and height and girth of neck, waist and hip for females to calculate body fat.

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FatCaliper+

Developed exclusively for FatCaliper+ users who are looking for a quick, easy and accurate calculation method that can be performed solo, our proprietary 3-site formula utilizes abdomen, thigh, and suprailiac skinfolds measurements for both males and females to calculate body fat.

We’ve analyzed hundreds of test subjects and reverse engineered more than a dozen body fat formulas to build this highly accurate and extremely easy to use calculation method. We think you’ll enjoy.

BMI

BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is a measure of body composition. For both males and females, BMI is calculated using height and weight. Generally the higher the calculation, the more overweight you are. Like any of these types of measurements, BMI is only an indication of body mass, and other issues such as body type and shape have an impact as well. Remember, BMI is just a guide and does not accurately apply to elderly populations, pregnant women or very muscular athletes like weight lifters.

NOTE: In the current version of FatCaliper+, BMI calculations are automatically displayed as part of the results of all body fat calculation methods. It is also included as a standalone calculation method within FatCaliper+.

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Body Fat Formulas on FatCaliper+

The free version of FatCaliper+ comes with the Jackson-Pollock 3 and BMI body fat formulas. The full version of FatCaliper+ also comes with advanced body fat formulas, including Jackson-Pollock 4, Jackson-Pollock 7, Durnin-Womersley, Yuhasz, Parillo, US Navy and the FatCaliper+ method. BMI is automatically calculated as part of all body fat measurement methods.