Body composition analysis is becoming a standard tool that is being used by fitness experts, coaches, and healthcare professionals.
In 2019 we can discard reliance on body mass index (BMI) as a means to measure health.
Other than our appearance, there is a list of diseases associated with obesity. This is what’s at the top of our minds. The list is long, and includes heart disease, hypertension, cancer, joint problems, dementia, and diabetes.
Body composition analysis is defined as the clinical assessment of tissue and fluid in the human body.
Normal distribution of tissue and fluid is associated with immunity, high function, and longevity.
However, not being able to have detailed insight into your personal body composition can lead to critical errors in understanding what’s going on, along with recommendations. This can hinder the ability to reach a specific fitness goal.
Body composition analysis is utilized in preventative, therapeutic, and research applications.
To perform body composition analysis, mass and fluid are modeled, measurements taken, and results analyzed.
Bioimpedance (BIA) body composition analyzers measure body composition electronically. However, they do not, diagnose disease, or calculate treatment options. Only qualified health care professionals can diagnose and recommend treatment options.
There are concerns that affect everyone, which is why knowledge of body composition is important for your health in 2019 onward.
Look at the images below of six males, all of whom are 5′ 9″ and 170 pounds. There could be some envy from their 25.4 BMI, as the results are come up on the computer screen. However, looking at the actual patient or their scans using today’s technology, the results are pretty revealing.
Notice the difference in the midsection, where there is an abnormal accumulation of visceral fat.
Every case is different but through body composition analysis, people can have a better understanding of their body, what options are available to them, and most importantly do not have to be on medication/s for the rest of their lives.
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