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WHAT IS A BODY SCAN AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

 
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WHAT IS BODY
COMPOSITION?

 

In physical fitness, body composition is used to describe the percentages of fat, bone, water and muscle in the human body.

It is easy to become obsessed with a number on the scales in the bathroom as we get lighter or heavier but the problem is this does not tell us the full picture. In fact it only tells us a small fraction! Lean muscle tissue weighs less than fat tissue and thereby takes us less space. Rather than tracking body-weight we should be tracking our body composition to provide the most accurate indication of our health and effectiveness of our diet, lifestyle and training regime. What often happens when lifting weights and attending group classes is your shape will change considerably, your clothes will be looser, you'll have more energy and you'll feel better about yourself and how you look, but for some reason the scales haven’t changed as much as you’d like. 

It is important to know what you are ACTUALLY made of so that you can determine the muscle and fat you have and where it sits. Knowing this helps to give you new way to think about your fitness goals, and gives you access to a lot more useful information than simply measuring your BMI (Body Mass Index).

 
 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Our scanner uses the most current technology of Bio Electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) by running a very low and safe current through your body. By our specially calibrated sensors, the feedback from this current tells us what your composition is and exactly how you are made up. Our InBody scanner goes beyond traditional body composition analysis. It not only analyzes how much fat and muscle you have, but it also measures your Total Body Water and divides it into Intracellular Water and Extracellular Water- values important for understanding a user’s fluid distribution in medical, wellness, or fitness contexts.

With these water values, you can begin to identify and track inflammation, swelling, and even injuries with ECW/TBW Analysis while monitoring how this ratio changes over time under the Body Composition History chart.

Our machine composition analysers provide a detailed report outlining an individuals measurements in such things as but not limited to:

  • Total skeletal muscle mass
  • Total body fat in kilograms
  • Total body fat percentage
  • Visceral fat
  • Total body water
  • Segmental muscle and fat analysis
  • Bone mineral content
  • Basal Metabolic rate
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RESULTS AND
INTERPRETATION GUIDE

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A unique feature of our machine is the simplicity of the results sheet, called the muscle fat analysis, whereby it creates three predominant shapes, C, I, D.  InBody have aligned these shapes in the interpretation guide with a traffic light system that is uniformly accepted worldwide to acknowledge ad easily understand the results. The scan itself does not use gender or age to determine the results, so put simply the scan is as unique as you are, as it is precisely measuring you for you.

In the below example, the body composition graph forms a “C” shape. Although the weight can be in the normal weight range, this shape can b indicative of low skeletal muscle and high body fat mass, which represents an unbalanced body.

 

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