At Shilpa Dave health we use body composition analysis using a state-of-the-art InbodyTM body composition scanner. The measurement of body composition gives a unique insight into your overall health and far more information than your weight or body mass index (BMI). Body mass index is calculated by comparing the amount of weight to youheight and is measured in kg/m2. A BMI of 18-25 is recommended.
The measurement and interpretation of BMI as a tool to monitor health has many limitations and is quite a poor tracking tool if you are aiming to lose weight because it does not tell you whether your weight changes are due to changes in fat or muscle.
You may be aware of the healthy weight ranges but if you simply try to lose weight you may end up losing muscle mass. By measuring body composition and differentiating between muscle and fat body composition this removes the guesswork of determining what your what your weight changes and fluctuations may be.
Body composition is the method of describing what the body is made of. It includes fat protein minerals and body water. It also describes weight more accurately and body composition analysis can accurately show changes in fat mass, muscle mass and body fat percentage. There is no consensus on what the best fat level is, but the normal body fat range provided by Inbody is set at 10 to 20% for males and 18 to 28% for females.
Body composition is measured by what is known as bioelectric impedance analysis, which is the resistance of an electrical current through different tissues. Fat, bone water and muscle have different impedances and can be measured producing a detailed report of your body composition.