What is body composition!? 

          Body composition is a method of describing what the body is made of. This includes fat, protein, minerals and body water. It also describes weight more accurately than BMI.  A body composition analysis can accurately show changes in fat mass, muscle mass, and body fat percentage. This can help validate services such as, personal training, patient care, and corporate wellness as well as help individuals keep track of personal fitness goals.

          When you’re thinking of losing weight or simply want to see how healthy you are, you probably do one of two things: step on a scale or calculate your BMI. But the truth is, these methods don’t tell you anything about how healthy you are– all weight and BMI does is compare how heavy you are to a standard that doesn’t fit your individual goals.

When you’re trying to get healthier, you’re most likely going to lose fat and (hopefully) gain muscle. But BMI and weight don’t differentiate between muscle and fat. So how can you? Through body composition analysis.  Body composition analysis teaches you the importance of becoming healthy from the inside out.

Dangers of not knowing your body composition!

A healthy balance between fat and muscle is extremely important for health and wellness throughout life. Scientific evidence shows that a healthy body composition will increase your lifespan, also reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, insulin resistance, etc., increase energy levels, and improve self-esteem.

Complications of Obesity

  • Early mortality

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Hypertension

  • Diabetes

  • Gallbladder disease

  • Cancer

  • Arthritis

  • Back pain

  • Pregnancy complications

  • Menstrual abnormalities

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sleep apnea

  • Increased LDL & triglycerides

  • Decreased HDL

  • Impaired heart function

  • Impaired immune function

Complications of Low Body Fat

  • Poor insulation

  • Minimal energy stores

  • Lack of cushioning for organs

  • Poor cardiovascular function

  • Prone to illness

  • Poor recovery from exercise/illness

  • Low testosterone

  • Weak muscles

  • Loss of bone density

  • Amenorrhea

Complications of Low Muscle Mass (Sarcopenia)

  • Frailty

  • Starvation

  • Poor insulin resistance/glycemic control

  • Metabolic problems increase

  • Osteoporosis

  • Hormone dysregulation

  • Low strength

  • Higher risk of hospitalization/ hospital LOS

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