Body Composition Analysis

Body composition analysis

 

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) is a computerized method of assessing your "body composition" – the measurement of fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment. The BIA test is a quick, easy, non-evasive in-office assessment. The test takes less than ten minutes and only requires that you remove all jewelry.

 

Importance of healthy body composition

Total weight on its own is of little importance and far too many people base their diet regimen on what they see on the bathroom scale. Even if your weight is within a normal range, you can still have unhealthy or altered body composition. You could carry too much fat in comparison to lean tissue (muscle)-high fat-to-lean ratio. As the body's fat-to-lean ratio increases, so do the health risks.

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory problems
  • Kidney disorders and more
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Excess fatigue
  • Depression

Factors contributing to unhealthy body composition

  • Unbalanced, High-fat, high-sugar diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Overeating
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Certain medications

Benefits of healthy body composition

By reducing body fat, a healthy body composition may:

  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Promote healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Reduce respiratory infections, improve lung function
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Relieve the strain placed on your knees, hips, lower back
  • Increase energy and endurance
  • Improve mood and self-confidence

After assessing your body composition, we can determine a healthy body composition program that will be designed specifically for you.

BIA Info

  How does BIA work?

The BIA test works by sending an extremely weak (and harmless) electric current through your body, about the same as a discharged AA battery. Your body's total weight consists of various "masses", like fat, muscles, bones, and water. Each of these conducts electricity in different ways. By measuring the electric resistance of some of these masses in your body, called "Bioelectrical Impedance", and estimating other masses, the test is able to accurately measure what percentage of your total body weight is made up from each.

The BIA test is painless, and can be administered repeatedly over time without adverse effects.

 

  BIA Pre-test protocol
  • Do not eat for 4 hours prior to testing
  • Do not exercise for 12 hours prior to testing
  • Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours prior to testing
  • Drink at least 1 litre of water one hour before your test. You may void as needed
  • Do not drink caffeine the day of your test
  • Do not wear pantyhose