Body Composition Analysis

There are millions of people who are trying to figure out simple ways to lose weight. But is “weight” what you are really trying to lose? Many diets and pills are designed to make the number on your scale go down but what is it that you are actually losing?


Sadly, most people who attempt to lose weight on their own, or do one of these fashionable diet programs just simply, or creatively, starve themselves. While this method is effective at making your total weight go down, that chances are very very strong that you have just simply eroded your muscle tissues and lost only a small percentage of your excess body fat.


Because muscle weighs more than fat in the same volume of space, when one loses muscle mass, the pounds really come off but this is very unhealthy and in some cases can actually worsen your overall health.


Obesity is defined as having a too high of a body fat/muscle ratio. Many of us think that obesity means weighing over 250 pounds. This is a common misconception. It is entirely possible, and in fact quite common, to be obese and weigh 150 pounds or less. This deceptive form of obesity is called sarcopenic obesity and it occurs when someone has too little muscle mass compared to the amount of fat they have. These people can develop all of the same problems as a conventionally obese person. So even though you have lost weight and look healthier, the truth is that you are actually LESS healthy.


In order to lose weight the right way, you need to understand your current body composition, as well as how many calories your body burns at rest, how much water weight your body has, where your fat and muscle are stored in the body, and a number of other important factors.


We use a special analysis tool called Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA) which provides us with all of this information in a completely painless and non-invasive method. This method is far superior to the conventional methods of measuring i.e. the “pinch” method, and the measuring tapes.  




What is Body Composition?

It is the analysis of your body’s basic substances and measuring their amounts and ratios. Traditionally, this has been limited to measuring fat to muscle, but our analyses also measures lean and smooth muscle, both intra-and extra-cellular water, as well as caloric burn rate, and other valuable information.


Is the Bio-Impedance Analysis painful?


No. There is no pain, and very rarely people may feel some slight sensations, but generally the procedure is so brief and requires no invasive procedures that there is no discomfort.




In order for any diet or exercise program to be successful and to make someone healthier and happier, one needs to know what their current body composition is and how it is being affected by that program. There are a number of serious health consequences that can occur from unbalanced body composition, and the only real way to know if your diet program is working is to monitor the actual results, which is your body composition.

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