Body composition is used to indicate the amount of fat, bone, water, organs, and muscle in our bodies. In order to achieve and maintain a healthy body composition, you should have a higher percentage of non-fat mass than fat mass.
Additionally, body composition is more telling than body mass index (BMI) in terms of health. This is because BMI only considers height and weight, and does not account for other important factors. For example, according to the BMI method, a bodybuilder who has a high muscle mass would be considered unhealthy because of his weight. The BMI method has no way to determine whether the weight of the bodybuilder is made up of fat or muscle. Therefore, the BMI method is an inaccurate measure of health and should not be used to track weight change.
Instead, body composition should be measured to determine health and wellness by accessing body fat and muscle mass. Too much body fat can lead to an abundance of health problems including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and so on. In men, a body fat percentage over 25% is considered obese. On the other hand, muscle mass has an abundance of health benefits including increased stamina, bone density, metabolic rate, and so on. By measuring body composition, you can work to decrease fat while increasing muscle mass.
Discover how the InBody body composition machine works to set realistic goals and accurately track your progress.
The InBody is an award-winning body composition machine that accurately measures fat, muscle, and water levels. It was created by founder and CEO Dr. Kichul Cha, who recognized the need for accurate and available BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance) devices. He used his background in mechanical engineering to design the InBody in 1996, and has since grown the company’s South Korean biotech startup into a multinational corporation.
The InBody machine determines body composition using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, which introduces an electrical current throughout the body. The system measures resistance to the electric current, by alternating low-level currents through the water in the body. Each component of your body, such as water, muscle, fat, and so on present varying levels of resistance to the current. For example, body fat, which contains very little water, results in higher resistance compared to muscle or water.
The difference in the resistance to the electrical current between water, muscle, and fat cells is known as reactance. The combination of resistance and reactance determines impedance, allowing the InBody machine to accurately measure the composition of each segment of the body.
The InBody machine has proven to be extremely accurate for measuring body composition. According to a study published by Clinical Nutrition, 99% of the results obtained by the InBody were similar to the results of the the DXA (Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) method of measuring body composition. Additional scientific studies have proven the high accuracy of the InBody machine for body water and fat measurements. Furthermore, the InBody machine does not take into account any statistical factors such as age, gender, body type, or ethnicity. The results of the test are obtained through innovative technology alone.
You can rest assured that the InBody machine is completely safe since only minor currents are used, which are harmless to the human body.
The InBody machine is extremely useful for understanding your health and determining your starting point when beginning your health journey. Since weight alone is not an accurate measurement of health, it is important to distinguish your body fat to weight ratio in order to determine your baseline.
Once you establish and understand your current body composition, you can begin to set realistic goals. By focusing on fat loss and muscle gain, you can establish goals that prioritize health — not just weight.
After establishing a baseline and setting goals, you can use the InBody machine to continuously monitor and track your progress. It can be used to determine which treatments, exercises, and diets are working for you.
Here at Lowcountry Male, we offer a variety of weight loss treatments and plans to help you reach your goals. In order to ensure that our treatments are effective, we continuously measure progress using quick and non-invasive InBody exams. By measuring body composition, we can determine which treatments are working for you.
If you’re ready to get in the best shape of your life, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physicians who will take a comprehensive look at your health. We will then prescribe an individualized treatment to help you reach your goals, whether it be losing fat, building muscle, or a combination of the two. By tracking your progress via the InBody machine, we can ensure that the treatment is working and that you are on the right track to reach your peak health.
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