Body composition describes the proportion of fat and lean mass in the body. Body composition analysis provides a specific measurement of weight, indicating how much of the body is fat and and how much is lean mass. Medical professionals commonly use body mass index (BMI) to determine health body weight, however, BMI does not discern differences between muscle and fat. Body composition analysis can accurately measure and track changes in fat mass, muscle mass, and body fat percentage.
You may test as often as every 2-4 weeks -- under similar conditions -- to effectively track progress. When retesting, do so under the same conditions as previous tests. This will ensure that any changes observed are a result of lifestyle changes to diet and/or exercise rather than external factors.
When preparing for your body comp test:
A new study by the American Cancer Society has revealed that young adults are experiencing increasing rates of cancers associated with obesity in the United States. Learn if you're at risk and what you can do about it by making your body composition analysis appointment today.
The most common reason for stopping healthy behavior change: lack of motivation and feedback. Strategies that provide immediate feedback are essential to ensure success; therefore monitoring progress is vital for establishing a baseline, setting appropriate and attainable goals, and tracking changes over time.
Monitoring changes with a simple weight scale or Body Mass Index provides limited ability to accurately track changes as they only highlight changes in weight and thus fail to encompass progress in muscle gain or fat loss. To support ongoing success through physical activity, understanding body composition is key.
In less than 45 seconds, the InBody 570 Test provides easy-to-understand, accurate and objective measurements to evaluate your body composition:
Measuring body composition allows for the breakdown of body weight into separate compartments of muscle and fat mass, both independent contributors to functional status, insulin sensitivity, and health risk. Identifying clients who have low muscle mass or a combination of low muscle and high fat mass (sarcopenic obesity) can help provide earlier interventions for reducing cardiometabolic risk.
Excess fat mass can also be easily identified across the whole body, while separate assessment of visceral fat mass can help further assess client-specific health risks. By using the Muscle-Fat Analysis and Visceral Fat sections of the InBody Results Sheet, your health coach will be able to perform a more specific health risk assessment.
Due to the rising prevalence of sedentary, inactive lifestyles, some people are more likely to become frail or suffer from injuries leading to reduced mobility. Evaluate lean mass distribution and identify imbalances to prevent or treat sarcopenia and improve physical function.
Chronic inactivity and poor diet have deleterious effects on body composition, eventually impacting physical function and quality of life. Sedentary lifestyles cause degenerative loss of muscle mass, increasing risk of falls and mobility issues as a patient ages. The InBody measures lean body mass in each segment of the body separately, allowing identification of insufficient development or muscular imbalances. These objective measures of lean mass distribution and development provide your health coach or doctor with information to identify increased risk of frailty and develop targeted recommendations for maintaining functional mobility.
Although disease risk is often associated with inflammation, diagnostic markers of fluid retention and inflammation are time consuming and inconvenient. InBody’s technology is able to precisely track fluid changes across the body to understand the cause of imbalanced fluid levels.
InBody effectively distinguishes water in the intracellular (ICW; within the tissues) and extracellular (ECW; within the blood and interstitial fluids) compartments that make up total body water (TBW). The Edema Index, based on the ratio between ECW and TBW (ECW/TBW), can be used to distinguish fluid imbalances resulting from malnutrition or edema.
Programming for athletic populations takes careful consideration. We'll able to utilize the InBody to identify where lean mass needs to be increased to maximize your physique. Having a detailed breakdown of segmental lean mass can help identify whether your current training regiment has put you at increased risk for injury, which can be detrimental when it comes time to compete.
Clients with overdeveloped upper bodies and underdeveloped lower bodies are at higher risk for injury than those with a more balanced distribution of lean mass, particularly when the bottom bars of the segmental lean analysis falls below 100%. We can utilize the Segmental Lean Analysis to identify this imbalance between upper and lower body and recommend proper training to not only increase your desired outcomes of building more lean mass overall, but also reducing injury risk to promote long-term training success.
Determining your health risk can be tricky if you happen to have a high amount of skeletal muscle mass. While the balance between the muscle and fat compartment heavily favors skeletal muscle, you may still at elevated risk for developing health conditions due to your high overall weight -- partially driven by above-normal body fat mass. Even if you're relatively young and fit, in the long-term, this trend will increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even certain cancers.
A complete body composition breakdown can offer insight into the exercise modality might fit best to improve your overall body composition.
With the use of the InBody results sheet, you can better educated on the importance of different training protocols and how body composition is an important key to understanding overall health and wellness.
Includes test, explanation of results sheet and general guidelines on how to improve your numbers. Reserve 30 minutes for this appointment.
Follow up on prior tests to check your progress. This appointment takes about 15 minutes.
Sample Results Sheet