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Body Fat Reading too high

My body fat reading consistantly reports me at 36%. I've dampened my feet, measured through out the day, and always measured with out clothing. My gym BIA says I'm 18%. I'm fairly sure I'm not over 20%. Is there a way to recalibrate my scale? I have this same scale and I've been working out and on a special diet. However my weight has been going down but my body fat% stays the same no matter what. Even if another person stands on it (57.6% by the way) which I know I'm not at. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    ShowsErr3 when measuring body fat



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Bring it back's obviously ****..if u can not balance it out(usually there is a button) or reset the thing...bring it back and spend a lil bit more on something better..u seem serious about your body which is awesome so keep it up and replace the device

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What does Err3 mean on taylor body fat scale?

Remove your shoes and socks and wet your feet slightly with a damp cloth if you receive the "ERR3" error. ERR3 is a contact error and your feet should ideally be bare and wet to achieve an accurate body-fat reading.
  • Step off the scale and wait for it reset. Remove your shoes and socks and wet your feet slightly if you receive either the "ERR4" or "ERR5" errors, which means your body-fat or body measurements are out of range.
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    Unfortunately, it's the scale, but it's not broken. It simply is telling you inaccurate information.
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    Many less expensive models simply use a body-fat calculator to average your imputed height in inches, waist measurement in inches and the current weight measurement recorded in lbs. The scale compares your measurement with the ideal norms inputed during the manufactoring process, thus giving you a comparison vs.imputed norms. People who are very, very fit can get numbers 3 to 5 percent higher than their true percent body fat. Because they don't have a lot of fat inside their muscles(visceral fat), the simple tape measure calculation test cannot adjust as it should indicate.
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