WHAT IS BMI?
BMI is a common, but less-informative way of assessing a person’s health by using the height and weight of an individual. It is in this way that you are able to assess health by comparing the amount of weight a person carries to the height of that person. However, it is inaccurate and may indicate that a bodybuilder who has more muscle that adds to his weight as it compares to his height. It would then be thought that the bodybuilder is obese when he/she is actually very fit. It is a poor method of tracking weight change because there is no way to know if the changes in weight are due to a gain or loss in fat or a gain or loss in muscle.
HOW IS BMI CALCULATED?
BMI is calculated simply by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by their height: BMI = kg/m2. As you can see, predicting health or mortality using a single number such as BMI is an oversimplification of a person’s health risks and ignores other factors that contribute to a person’s overall health and wellbeing.
WHAT IS BODY COMPOSITION?:
The body is made of macromolecules and micro-molecules and includes fat, protein, minerals and water. Body composition analysis uses special technology called impedance plethysmography to accurately show fat mass, muscle mass and body fat percentage among other parameters. It also includes body mass index or BMI. It is much more accurate that assessing BMI for weight loss.
HOW DOES BODY ANALYSIS HELP WITH MY OVERALL HEALTH?
Stepping on a scale or calculating your BMI may tell you how much weight you have, but it doesn’t give any information on how healthy you really are. It only compares how heavy you are to a standard that is generalized and does not allow though to assess and adequately pursue your individual goals. BMI or scale measurements do not differentiate between fat or muscle so that when you gain weight, you are unsure if you have gained muscle or fat. However, the body composition analysis will give you the information to meet your personal aspirations. It can give you a snapshot of your health to reach your health goals from the inside out.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN MUSCLE AND FAT?
Clinicians agree that too much fat presents a significant health risk. It can lead to health challenges including hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory dysfunction, gallbladder disease and other problems that usually relate to obesity. However, even though a person has very little fat does not necessarily eliminate the health risk. How many skinny people do you know that have hypertension or high cholesterol? Body composition analysis will allow a person to assess if even a skinny person has fat in the wrong places.
WHAT IS A GOOD NUMBER TO KNOW THAT MY BODY FAT IS IN A GOOD RANGE?
Percentage body fat is a good parameter to assess overall health instead of BMI. Though there is no consensus on what the best body fat level is for optimal health, but instead it is set for the general population. Our parameters are set and provided by INBODY and are set at 10-20% for males with 15% being ideal and 18-28% for females with 23% being ideal.
IS IT DANGEROUS TO NOT KNOW MY BODY COMPOSITION?
It is important that there is a healthy balance between the amount of fat a person has and the amount of muscle a person has. It is vital for optimal health and wellness at any stage in life. There is scientific evidence that a healthy body composition increases longevity and reduces the risk of certain diseases including diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, cancer, and other health challenges.
ARE THERE COMPLICATIONS TO BEING OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE?
There are many complications to being obese. It can cause multiple joint pain including knees and back, liver disease hypertension, diabetes, gallbladder disease, cancer menstrual problems, sleep apnea, elevated cholesterol, body image dysfunction, and others.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR BODY COMPOSITION (INBODY ANALYSIS) TESTING?
Hydrate well the day before
Remove all jewelry, socks, pantyhose, and shoes
Stand upright for at least 5 minutes prior to testing
Avoid exercising 6-12 hours prior to testing
Avoid consuming alcohol for 24 hours prior to testing
Avoid InBody testing after a shower or sauna
Avoid using lotion or ointment on hands or feet:
If testing in the winter, warm yourself up for 20 minutes prior to testing
Avoid testing if you are pregnant, menstruating, or having medical implants such as pacemakers
or other life-sustaining medical implants