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Body Composition

The pace of keeping up in the fast and constantly changing world takes a toll on your health. Health related statistics are frightening and a major cause of concern globally. A central factor of which is altered body composition.

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control various diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk of developing serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. Maintaining a healthy weight helps in lowering your risk for developing these problems, makes you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.

More than 2,600 people die from some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) everyday.

More than 60 million Americans suffer from some form of CVD.

Over 50% Americans above 55 years of age have hypertension.

About 22% of men and 24% of women suffer from Metabolic Syndrome.

Do you know your numbers?

Knowing your numbers is the first step to a healthier lifestyle. By knowing your numbers you can customize your wellness program according to your body, keep track of your goals and make positive changes for the benefit of your current and future health.  Take control of your health, and enjoy a fuller, fitter and happier life!

What is Body Composition?

Body composition is a measure of the amount of body mass (weight) that is present as fat, bone, and lean muscle. Body composition gives you a new way to think about and approach your weight management program. You need to know your body composition if you are in any way serious about managing your weight and improving your quality of life. Without knowing what you’re actually made of, you can only guess at how much muscle and fat you actually have. Guessing leads to frustration, frustration leads to indifference, and indifference leads to quitting.

What is Altered Body Composition?

Altered body composition may occur from increased fat and/or loss of lean muscle, which results in an increase of fat-to-lean body mass. Although the most common form of altered body composition is excess fat, decreased skeletal mass by loss of bone, such as seen with osteoporosis, is also a form of altered body composition.

How is Body Composition Measured?

Body composition can be determined by Skinfold Calipers, Hydrostatic weighing, Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry, BMI (Body Mass Index), WHR (Waist to Hip Ratio) and BIA (Bioelectric Impedance Analysis). However, out of all the methods mentioned, BIA is the most accurate method of measuring body fat, muscle and water.

How does BIA work?

BIA measures the impedance or resistance to the signal as it travels through the water that is found in muscle and fat. The more muscle a person has, the more water their body can hold. The greater the amount of water in a person’s body, the easier it is for the current to pass through it. The more fat the person has, the more resistance to the current. BIA is completely safe and it does not hurt. In fact, the signal used in body fat monitors cannot be felt at all either by an adult or child.