Why Body Composition Is Important

There are many indicators of health and determination of body composition is one of them. Depending on just your average weight alone can be deceptive. The average scale is not designed to distinguish the difference between one pound of fat and one pound of muscle. As we age, our bodies tend to lose muscle mass, and gain fat without any significant changes in our average weight. There is plenty of evidence that excess weight increases risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, arthritis, as well as other chronic conditions.

Body composition reveals effects of nutritional practices and physical activity. Fat and muscle differ in many ways. One of the ways is that muscle is denser. Therefore, a pound of fat takes up 18% more volume than a pound of muscle. In addition, the more muscle your body has, the more calories you burn. Body shape and type also plays an important role in determination of fat distribution.

Bioelectrical impedance body composition testing will give you the information you need. It will give you measured body water weight, fat weight, muscle, body fat percentage, lean muscle mass, segmental analysis of where the muscle is and how much, basal metabolic rate.

Body Composition 101

Once You Know What Your Body Comp Is...

You will be able to set goals that are defined and numerical based on your body composition. A numerical goal is clear. “I want to lose weight,” becomes, “I want to lose 10 pounds of fat.” When people say they want to lose weight, it is safe to assume that they really want to lose fat, not muscle mass.

Muscle is metabolically active tissue that serves many important roles from maintaining your metabolism to supporting healthy bone density to keeping a healthy immune system. Tracking changes in your body composition lets you set reachable time-based goals. We begin to learn how to turn our great effort into great and smart effort.

There are no shortcuts to losing weight, gaining muscle in a very short amount of time. But instead, by tracking your progress by tracking your changes in body composition, you can actually set real goals with real results that you can actually achieve.

It's Simple To Prepare for Your Test

  • Hydrate well the day before the test 
  • Do not drink caffeine prior to testing
  • Do not eat 3-4 hours prior to testing
  • Do not exercise 6-12 hours prior to testing
  • Do not take a sauna or shower directly before the test
  • Remove all jewelry
  • Do not take the test if you have a pacemaker or other electronic medical device implanted or you are pregnant
  • More Info On Your Test

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