What is a Healthy Body Composition?
A healthy body composition means having an appropriate amount of body fat, lean muscle mass, and bone health. Body composition affects all other aspects of physical fitness. While the affects may be subtle, they can make a huge difference in your longevity and quality of life. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, known as altered body composition, can greatly increase your risks to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more.
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) is a method of assessing your “body composition”—the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment. Your cellular health is also measured with the equipment used in our clinic.
How Does BIA Work?
BIA is much more sophisticated than your bathroom scales, but just as simple—and almost as quick. BIA is performed in clinic with the help of a sophisticated, computerised analysis. This analyser “calculates” and estimates your tissue and fluid compartments— using an imperceptible electrical current passed through pads placed on your hand and foot as you lie comfortably clothed on an exam table. In just minutes, we have detailed measurements to help create an effective, personalised program for you.
People who may benefit from BIA include those who want to:
- Manage their body composition effectively
- Increase muscle tone and fitness
- Support energy levels
- Support healthy ageing
- Support the nutrition and health of their body
At a follow up BIA test, the changes in your muscle mass, body fat and fluid balance are all monitored. Your BIA results help guide us in creating a personalised dietary plan, including nutritional supplements when appropriate, and exercise to help you maintain optimal health and wellbeing for a lifetime.