Your body composition is an invaluable marker of your overall health which refers to the proportion of fat and fat-free mass in your body.
A healthy body composition includes a higher percentage of fat-free mass to fat mass.
While some fat is necessary to protect organs, aid in hormone production, and for use as energy, a high body fat percentage can impair your health by contributing to obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Conversely, fat-free mass, also known as lean body mass, is metabolically active tissue; increasing the amount of lean body mass through diet and exercise keeps your body fit, as muscle tissue burns calories for energy on an ongoing basis.
Unfortunately, merely weighing yourself on a bathroom scale fails to provide your fat to free-fat mass ratio.
A body composition analysis, on the other hand, gives you such insight and can be used recurrently to track the progress of your weight loss or fitness program.
Shine Health and Wellness is excited to offer an industry-leading body composition analysis called InBody Body Composition Analysis.
InBody is a form of bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) which accurately assesses your body composition, including your body fat percentage, muscle, and water values, in under a minute. To schedule an appointment at our Pasadena office to receive an InBody analysis, call (626) 317-0207 or request a callback online.
InBody is a non-invasive testing method that uses safe, low-level currents sent through hand and foot electrodes to calculate precise body composition measurements.
As the current travels throughout your body, it encounters muscle, fat and skin cells. Each cell has a certain ability to oppose the current as it travels on its path throughout the body. Once the current reaches the endpoint, it will have lost some of its voltage due to body water; this is how impedance measurements are determined, calculated, and reported.
The advanced technology also measures your total body water and divides it into intracellular and extracellular water values. These values can help identify and track inflammation caused by swelling and injuries.
Unlike other hand-held BIA devices and foot scales which estimate whole body measurements based solely on measurements of the arms or legs, InBody utilizes Direct Segmental Multi-Frequency Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (DSM-BIA) to ensure no section of the body is left unaccounted.
InBody is an ideal test for anyone seeking to calculate their body composition accurately. In particular, InBody is beneficial for people who are trying to:
It is also beneficial for anyone undergoing obesity-related medical treatment pertaining to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, arthritis, and hyperlipidemia. You may also require InBody testing to evaluate the necessity for surgery or to monitor your water balance.
While InBody testing is safe and non-invasive, people with implanted defibrillators or pacemakers should not undergo testing. Women who are menstruating or pregnant may get inaccurate results due to changes in body water.
An InBody analysis can be completed in under a minute at the Shine Health and Wellness clinic. Dr. Shine may give you certain preparation instructions ahead of your analysis including directions about eating, exercise, and showering.
To begin the analysis, you will simply stand barefoot on the InBody device and hold the hand-held electrodes. It is important to try to remain still and to center your feet on the footplates to avoid small weight discrepancies. The InBody device will send electrical signals throughout the body; fortunately, these minor currents are completely harmless to the body and will not cause you discomfort.
After the InBody analysis, a full-page printout, providing details on muscle, fat and water values, along with precise details on lean body mass, body fat mass, visceral fat level, muscle to fat analysis, and body mass index, is produced.
Based on your results, Dr. Shine will develop a nutrition or exercise program to help optimize your body composition and fast-track your health and fitness goals. Dietary modifications may include adjusting your total daily macronutrient intake—fat, protein and carbohydrates—to help keep your body in a fat-burning, metabolically-active mode. Exercise recommendations may include specific details on incorporating weight-resistance exercises into your weekly regimen to help increase muscle mass, as well as cardiovascular exercise to help burn fat and calories.
For best results, the InBody test should be done every 2-3 weeks to monitor your personal goals and to ensure the plans Dr. Shine has implemented are working.
InBody testing at Shine Health and Wellness offers a platform where you can track your goals continuously with quantitative data. Rather than focusing on a single number on the scale, InBody provides a modality to help transform your health through a thorough understanding of your body composition.