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What Body Composition Analysis Can Tell You About Your Body

Author: Medifast California

April 18, 2016

What Body Composition Analysis Can Tell You About Your Body

Author: Medifast California

April 18, 2016

The human body is one of the most complex systems known to man, composed of multiple elements including protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. And while we know these elements and how they impact the body, though there is still so much we have to learn, science has forged incredible progress in helping us understand how the body works and how to keep it healthy.

Focusing solely on one portion of our bodies when we think about losing weight is a short-sided approach that is less likely to produce sustainable results. This is primarily due to the fact that the body functions as an interconnected system of components. Gaining a comprehensive understanding of not only how your body is structured but also your fat mass distribution, holistic composition and weight distribution through a Body Composition Analysis will help inform how you decide on a weight loss regimen and how to improve your overall health.

Methods such as body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) are standard methods of gauging an assessment of body composition and fat distribution. In comparison to WHR, BMI has consistently provided greater accuracy and, subsequently, WHR is generally no longer recommended. The BMI is defined as an indirect measurement of body fat based on height and weight with index ranges specific for men and women. Weight is measured in kilograms and is divided by height measured in meters squared. For example, the distance around the waist, known as the waist circumference, should ideally be less than 40 inches for a man and 35 inches or less for a woman if his or her BMI is equal to or above 25 kg/m2.

Based on research from the National Center for Health Statistics, the American Heart Association reports that:

  • A healthy BMI value is considered to be between 18.5 and 24.9.
  • Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25.0 to less than 30.0.
  • Obesity is defined as a BMI of 30.0 or greater — about 30 pounds or more overweight.
  • If one’s BMI is 40 or greater, that person is categorized as extremely obese.

While one’s BMI can provide valuable insight and help shape weight loss goals, it is an indirect method that is limited in scope. Medifast California recognized this challenge and set a new standard by implementing the use of innovative and highly accurate Biospace’s InBody® technology at all Medifast Weight Control Centers to provide clients detailed body composition assessments. The impressive power of InBody® measures not only weight—this state-of-the art technology delves deeper to gauge water balance, muscle development, skeletal muscle mass, body fat mass and overall body fat percentage. Every single one of these components plays an important role in both weight gain and weight loss, and is unique to every individual. Measuring progress by assessing these various components provides clients with a realistic perspective on how to reach their goals while also providing counselors with powerful knowledge to ensure clients meet their goals. So the next time you think of just weighing yourself on the scale, remember that what the scale reads is only a small reflection of your actual weight.

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