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Does a tape measure ever provide inaccurate data about body changes?

Tape measures produce objective information; however, the accuracy of the measurement may be inconsistent due to human error. Overall, the tape measure is a great way to obtain circumference measurements in order to track weight loss. Circumference measurements help to assess the girth of specific points on the body (neck, chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves and biceps). As body composition changes, the measurements should change accordingly. For example, if your goal is weight loss and the circumference measurement methods are consistent (taken on the same part of the body each time), the tape measure will show a decrease in circumference. In some cases, circumference measurements are used for body fat measurements; however, the tape measure cannot differentiate between lean body mass and body fat. This can lead to inaccuracies in body fat calculations.

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