There is growing evidence that clearly links body composition with health risks and the development of certain diseases.  New research indicates that fat loss, not weight loss, can extend human longevity.

Why InBody Analysis?

People may be scared to know the truth about their body composition and the thought of analysis can be intimidating, but InBody Analysis is a tool used at the Butterfly Factory for progress tracking of our clients. By measuring body composition, a person's health status can be more accurately assessed and the effects of both dietary and physical activity programs better directed.

You've heard about it from people at the gym.  Maybe you read up on some fitness or health blogs, and you’re seeing the term pop up.  Maybe your doctor is suggesting that you get your body composition checked. Maybe you’re hearing people talk about improving their percent body fat, but secretly, deep down, you’ve always been thinking:

“What is body composition?”

If this sounds like you, fear not, you’re in the right place.

Body composition is the coming thing in health, medicine and fitness. With a good understanding of your body composition, you can improve your health and change your life for the better. 

But before we get into that, let’s answer the burning question - the body composition definition:

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Think about when you take your car into the shop.  Your car isn’t working, so the mechanic does an inspection of the car’s parts.  The mechanic opens the hood, checks the fluids, inspects the working components, and is able to tell you the condition of your car.

Body composition analysis is like that, except instead of learning that you need to change your oil or replace your brake pads, you might learn that your body fat percentage is higher than you thought, or that your right side is stronger than your left and you need to work to bring your body back into balance.

By analyzing your body composition, you can understand why you weigh what you weigh so you can, yes, get the scale to read the number you want. But more importantly, by keeping track of your body composition and seeing your results change over time, you can build a healthier body and enjoy a fuller, fitter (and happier) life.

 

What’s So Important About Body Composition, Anyway?

Put simply, you've got to know your body composition if you are in any way serious about managing your weight and improving your quality of life.  Without knowing what you're actually made of, you can only guess at how much muscle and fat you actually have.  Guessing leads to frustration, frustration leads to indifference, and indifference leads to quitting.

Body composition also gives you a new way to think about and approach your weight. Although there are several ways to describe body composition, they all have one thing in common: they provide more useful information than relying solely on Body Mass Index (BMI) – the traditional way to determine if you are at a healthy weight, and something you may already be familiar with.

But to understand why body composition is much more helpful and valuable than BMI, you need to learn a bit more about the relationship between fat and muscle. So first, a question:

What weighs more, a pound of fat or a pound of muscle?

Trick question: they weigh the same!  But which is bigger, a pound of muscle or a pound of fat?  Here’s where things get interesting.

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Muscle is significantly denser than fat, which mean that 15 pounds of muscle takes up much less space than 15 pounds of fat.

So what does this mean for the average person, who is looking to stay healthy?  Well, if you’re simply just that, average – neither athletic nor overweight – then BMI can be a fairly good indicator of your current weight relative to your height.  But if you are even a little bit athletic, or if you lead a fairly sedentary lifestyle, BMI can be misleading.

Take a basketball forward, for example.  Forwards need both height to easily reach the basket and weight to drive off defending players.

A forward with a height of 6’8” weighing in at 250 pounds would have a BMI of 27.5 – and according to the World Health Organization, an individual with a BMI score exceeding 25 is classified as “overweight.”

But athletic individuals generally have very low body fat percentages (5-10%). Clearly, basketball players with BMIs over 25 are not overweight – they’re athletically very fit.

Now consider a desk-bound office employee.  This person may be aware of their weight and try to avoid weight gain by eating healthy, but either lacks the time or planning to exercise regularly.  Imagine this person as being 5’4” and 120 pounds for a BMI score of 20.6: solidly in the “normal” BMI range.

Sedentary adults working in offices who do not exercise are known to lose SSM, especially in their legs.  This leads to a drop in weight in muscle mass, but fat remains.  This can lead to high body fat percentages, even in individuals with “normal” weights and BMIs.  Ever heard of being skinny fat?  This is how it happens - and how it goes undetected.

These individuals, although they may stand on a scale and be satisfied with their weight, have the potential to be at risk for some of the same health complications as people who are visibly overweight, with BMI values above 25.  These health complications can include cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among others.

Modern, medical-grade BIA devices are able to measure the entire body directly, and can be extremely accurate - even as accurate as the "Gold Standard" procedures - without the complications that those procedures sometimes entail.  The most advanced BIA devices are even able to perform segmental analysis.

Because BIA measures works by measuring body water, a lot of useful information can be reported.  Although nearly all BIA devices will tell you your body fat percentage, some devices can go much further and report the body water weight, skeletal muscle mass, lean body mass, and much more.

Hopefully this helps you understand a little more about body composition.  Knowing your body composition is the first step towards improving it, so if you're able, schedule a body composition test soon.   Having a fitter and better body composition result can aid you immensely in understanding your weight, improving your overall health, and generally living a fuller, happier life.

Key Features:

  • Provides essential data for any weight loss and fitness program
  • Provides quick analysis of body composition as well as segmental muscle and body fat analysis

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