Tanita currently offers three user
modes that account for physiological differences
among people (for example, a very athletic adult
will have different body characteristics from an
average person with a fairly sedentary lifestyle).
To receive the most accurate body fat reading,
make sure that you choose the right mode for your
body type. If you select the wrong mode, your reading
will be applied to the wrong calibration and could
result in an incorrect body fat reading..
For adults aged 18 and older who have moderately active to inactive lifestyles.
For children up to the age of 18, who are over 3-1/2 feet tall (107 cm),
who have moderately active to inactive lifestyles, and whose bodies are
Special calibration for very fit adults. Tanita's "athlete" is
someone who gets approximately 10 hours a week of intense physical activity
(this can be exercise, work or leisure related.) "Athletes" also
have a resting heart rate of approximately 60 beats per minute or less.
This mode includes people who have been very fit for years but currently
exercise less than 10 hours per week. It does not include "enthusiastic
beginners" who recently started making a real commitment to exercising
at least 10 hours per week but whose bodies have not yet changed to qualify
for the Athlete mode. (Not intended for professional athletes or bodybuilders)
Information for Women
Woman have more body fat than men--about five
percent more. By nature, a woman's body is developed
to protect her and a potential fetus. As a result,
women have more enzymes for storing fat and fewer
enzymes for burning fat. Additionally, the estrogen
women have activates fat storing enzymes and causes
them to multiply.
Women experience more changes in hydration levels
than men because of their menstrual cycle, and
this can affect body fat measuring, particularly
using the BIA method. Retaining fluid may also
cause weight to fluctuate day-to-day during this
period causing additional variation in the body
Female users of BIA products should be aware of
their natural monthly body cycles. To establish
a baseline for monitoring body fat, many women
find it useful to chart their readings every day
for a month. Afterward, monitoring at regular intervals
can anticipate monthly fluctuations.
Hormonal changes due to pregnancy or menopause
may also cause water retention and variations in
measuring. Changes in hydration levels can also
be due to food, caffeine or alcohol consumption,
strenuous exercise, stress or illness, or the taking
of prescription drugs.
To successfully monitor progress, women should
remember to compare weight and body fat percentage
measurements taken under the same conditions over
a period of time. Pay attention to fluctuations
caused by menstruation. And stay within the Women's--not
the Men's--Healthy Body Fat Range!
Automatically compares your body fat reading to
the Healthy Body Fat Range Chart (above). (Models
TBF-626, TBF-556, TBF-558, TBF-559)
helpful feature estimates the amount of calories
you can consume in one day to maintain your current
weight. To lose weight, try consuming less calories
than the amount shown. (Models TBF-556, TBF-558,
automatically storing your results, the recall
feature can show you the difference between your
current reading and your previous one. This feature
is particularly helpful for users who are on a
diet and/or exercise program. (Models TBF-558,
graph feature records your body fat percentage
each time you take a reading. It calculates averages
for these stored body fat readings and displays
them as graphic bars within the chart area.
Over time, the graph places the bars in a sequence,
making the elements of a line graph that can show
you how your body fat levels are changing.
The graph calculates all of this automatically,
without the need for you to press any additional
buttons - and it's done in real time, so you'll
know instantly if you're on the right track. (model
The guest mode allows you to use the scale without
losing information already assigned to the personal
information keys. (Model TBF-626, TBF-556 and TBF-558)
Calculates body water levels using bioelectric
impedance analysis (BIA)