You've heard about it from your friends at the gym. Maybe you came across the term on a health blog and now you are curious. Maybe your physician or personal trainer is suggesting that you get your body composition checked. Maybe you’re hearing other people talk about how they have improved their body fat percentage, but you keep asking yourself “What is body composition?”
If you are asking yourself this question then keep reading!
Body composition allows you to get a good understanding of your health. This is important when you are trying to lose weight, increase muscle or bone mass or improve your lifestyle and overall well-being. When you have a good understanding of your body composition, you will know what is needed to improve or maintain your health and change your life for the better.
So let’s answer the question - the definition of body composition is:
A method of describing what the body is made of. This includes water, fat, protein and minerals. It is a more accurate way to describe weight.
What happens when you take your vehicle into the repair shop? The technician typically does an inspection of your vehicle. The technician may open the hood, check the fluids, inspect the working components and run a diagnostic test. All of these things help tell you the condition of your vehicle.
Body composition analysis is similar. But instead of learning that you need to change your brake fluid or replace an air filter, you learn something different. What if your body fat percentage is higher than you thought, or maybe your muscle mass is lower? What now do you need to work on to bring your body back into balance?
By analyzing your body composition, you can come to understand why you weigh what you weigh. But this is just a start. By keeping track of your body composition and seeing your results change over time, you can build a healthier body and look and feel better.
What’s So Important About Body Composition?
Without knowing what you're actually made of, you can only guess at how much fat and muscle you actually have. Lets face it, guessing can be frustrating. If you are serious about managing your weight and improving your quality of life you've got to know your body composition.
There are several ways to describe your body composition and they all have one thing in common: they provide much more detailed and useful information compared to Body Mass Index (BMI).
What is bigger, a pound of fat or a pound of muscle?
Muscle is significantly denser than fat, which mean that 10 pounds of muscle takes up much less space than 10 pounds of fat.
So what does this mean for the average person, who is looking to stay healthy? Well, if you’re simply just that, average – neither athletic nor overweight – then BMI can be a fairly good indicator of your current weight relative to your height. But if you are even a little bit athletic, or if you lead a fairly sedentary lifestyle, BMI can be misleading. Here is the BMI scale as a reference:
- Underweight: Below 18.5
- Normal Weight: 18.5-25
- Overweight: 25-30
- Obese: Over 30
Athletic individuals generally have very low body fat percentages (5-10%). Clearly, athletes with BMIs over 25 are not overweight, they’re are in shape and athletically fit. Compare this to an individual who sits behind a desk everyday. This person may be aware of their weight and try to avoid gaining weight by trying to eat healthy, but does not exercise regularly. If this person is 5’6” and weighs 130 pounds they have a BMI score of 21. This score is in the normal BMI range.
Getting Started with Body Composition Analysis
Call 480-839-4131 to schedule your body composition anaysis consultation with one of our licensed physicians. During the consultation, the physician will go over the details of how the analysis works and what to expect. Results are provided to the patient immediately, there is also the option to have it emailed. We are here to help each patient improve or maintain their body composition and provide a variety of programs and therapies designed to help each person achieve their goals!
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