Why take the test?
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.