A body composition analysis can be especially ideal for those wanting to get in better shape since exercise’s most direct result is not weight loss, but fat loss. The healthier body composition that results from workouts implies an increased percentage of muscle as opposed to excess body fat. Honestly, we don’t care too much about the actual amount of pounds lost, so we don’t set goals based on weight. What we do care about is how much of your body weight is fat, and how much is muscle.
That brings us to one of the most common and most misused metrics of all: Body Mass Index. BMI is a measure of a person’s weight about his or her height. It multiplies the person’s weight in pounds times 703 and divides this number by their height in inches.
However, BMI alone does not inform you very much, as it does not differentiate between muscle and fat. A very fit person’s BMI may tell them they are fat, while an aged person, with little muscle and a high-fat percentage, may get a BMI in the “normal” range. Theoretically, the higher your BMI score, the higher the rate of your body weight is fat. Even more than the visual impact of high body fat % is the physiological effect of it on your health, as a disease may arise when your body composition takes a slump.
Are You In The Normal Range?
Figuring out lean body mass is another form of body composition analysis. Lean body mass is merely the portion of your body’s weight that is not fat. That includes any non-fat tissue, muscle, and bone.
Healthy women should typically have a lean body mass of between 79 and 86 percent of their body weight. Healthy women between the ages of 30 and 50 should have a lean body mass between 77 and 85 percent of their total body mass, while healthy women over the age of 50 should have a lean body mass between 75 and 84 percent of their total body mass.
Healthy men’s lean body mass should usually be between 85 and 91 percent of their body weight. Those between 30 and 50 years old should have a lean body mass between 83 and 89 percent, while those over 50 should have a lean body mass between 81 and 88 percent of their total body mass.
Not Your Grandfather’s Scale
You can perhaps guess that all of that analysis takes some high-quality equipment to guarantee accuracy and consistency. Our weapon-of-choice is the InBody 230 – a state of the art full body composition analysis machine. Not only is it capable of all the measurements we have talked about, and more, but it also creates an easy-to-understand report showing your vital statistics in one sheet.