People who are slimming frequently weigh themselves to determine what shape they're in. But your weight doesn't tell you much about the size and shape of your body. This is because a person with a lot of fat can have exactly the same weight as someone who is much leaner. For example, it is possible for a person who has too much fat to weigh exactly the same as a bodybuilder of equal height.
So, what should we measure to find out how much fat a person carries?
The answer is body composition.
What is body composition?
Body composition is a breakdown of how your body weight is actually made up: how much of you is fat and how much of you is lean tissue (bones, muscles, water, connective tissue and organ tissues). It is this balance of fat and lean tissue that tells you what shape you're in, not weight, which is why regular body composition tests are essential for people serious about slimming.
How is body composition measured?
During the evaluation, your body composition will be measured using the Bodystat® 1500 unit. This is the same device used by medical researchers and sports scientists around the world. Now here comes the science bit! The unit employs a non-invasive and painless process called Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA). This involves sending a tiny electrical signal through your body via electrodes placed on your right hand and ankle. The principle behind this method is that the body's lean compartment, comprising approximately 60-75% electrolytic water, conducts electricity far better than the body's fat compartment which is very low in body water content (between 5-10%). These two compartments have, therefore, very different impedance (or resistance) values to a high-frequency electrical signal. The single impedance measurement reflects the degree of resistance to the flow of current in the body, water being a good conductor, but fat a bad conductor.
What information does the evaluation provide?
The Bodystat® Body Composition and Wellness Evaluation presents you with a clear and meaningful report that provides an overall picture of your current state of fitness. In addition to measuring your body composition, it features a series of tests that measure different aspects of your fitness, including body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure, heart rate, hydration levels, metabolic rate and aerobic capacity (optional).
Following your evaluation, you will receive your results in a detailed wellness report that clearly explains the meaning of all the various test results and their significance to your health and fitness. You will then be armed with invaluable information for helping you succeed with your weight loss or fitness goals.
The convenience and accuracy of the Bodystat® 1500 unit has made it the body fat analysis method of choice among sports professionals and celebrities around the world. Make your appointment today.