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Body Fat

Research analysis led by Kamal Patel.
All content reviewed by the Examine.com Team. Published: Jun 28, 2017
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Summary of Body Fat

Primary Information, Benefits, Effects, and Important Facts

Scientific Information on Body Fat

Frequently Asked Questions about Body Fat

Measuring body fat percentage: It's an accuracy thing
Comparing DEXA versus Bod Pod for people with different BMI.

Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect body fat
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
grade-d - See study
In one study, body fat percentage was reduced by 0.6% after 12 weeks in a mixed-weight group. The placebo group so no notable change. Weight loss wasn't the focus of the study and more studies are needed.
grade-d - High See all 3 studies
No apparent effect in 2 short-term studies.
grade-d - - See study
grade-d - Very High See 2 studies
No apparent effect on body weight over the course of 4 months.