Men’s Body Composition Analysis Madison & Jackson MS
Body Composition Analysis
Body composition. You may have been hearing more about this term from friends, health blogs, or maybe even your trainer or doctor. And now you are wondering what it’s all about.
What is body composition Analysis?
Body composition is a method of breaking down the body into its main components: fat, water, minerals, and protein. It paints a more accurate picture of your weight and overall health than other methods and is now available for men in Madison & Jackson MS
Healthy body composition is indicated by a lower body fat percentage and a higher body mass percentage, composed of bones, muscles, and internal organs.
Measuring your body composition provides you with a better understanding of how to go about things when you want to lose weight, increase muscle mass, or just make lifestyle changes for your overall health and well-being. It is usually done before starting a fitness or weight-loss regimen and checked regularly to monitor your improvements.
What is the significance of your body composition?
Research has proven that your body composition is related to overall health and wellness. A normal amount of body fat is usually equated with health and wellness. An altered body composition, showing more fat in relation to body mass, can significantly raise your chances of having diabetes, heart disease, and many others.
Detailed knowledge of your body’s ratio of fat and muscle can help you identify how to manage your weight and improve your health more accurately.
Muscle is denser and more compact than fat, meaning 10 pounds of muscle takes up less space than 10 pounds of fat. For an average person who is neither overweight nor athletic, a BMI or body mass index can be a fair indicator of his weight in relation to his height.
However, body mass index or BMI can be misleading if you are athletic on the one hand, or relatively sedentary on the other hand. Below is a BMI scale for reference:
- Underweight: Below 18.5
- Normal Weight: 18.5-25
- Overweight: 25-30
- Obese: Over 30
Athletic people generally have very low body fat percentages, around 5-10%. If they have BMIs of over 25, they should be classified as overweight, according to the scale above. But an individual who sits behind a desk every day and does not exercise regularly, weighs 130 pounds and stands at 5’ 6’ tall, have a BMI of 21 may be considered within the normal BMI range. The disparity is misleading.
What is a Body Composition Analysis?
Body Composition Analysis is a breakdown of an individual’s body with regards to water content, body fat mass, muscle mass, visceral fat level, and basal metabolic rate.
Today, more and more medical professionals are veering away from using BMI measurements as their only criteria for obesity because it is based solely on an individual’s weight and height but fails to mention what the individual’s weight is made up of.
A body composition analysis provides a thorough breakdown of what the body is made of, so that measures to balance fat and muscle weight may be instituted.
It can reveal how healthy an individual is much more accurately than the BMI, and is gaining popularity among trainers, sports coaches, medical professionals, and researchers.
What are the benefits of a Body Composition Analysis?
A BCA assesses your body fat to muscle ratio so you can customize your diet and exercise training to suit your needs. As more people want to improve their health with diet and exercise, you may rethink your perception of fat in relation to increased weight because muscle weighs more than fat.
A BCA can determine bone health so you can be aware of your risks for osteoporosis because a lower body density may indicate that your bones are becoming fragile.
A BCA can reveal serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, and many more diseases that are usually associated with high-fat deposits and low muscle mass.
A BCA is similar to taking your car to the repair shop. The technician will usually do an inspection by opening the hood, checking fluids, inspecting the components, and running diagnostic tests to find out the overall condition of your vehicle.
A BCA will tell you if your body fat percentage is higher, or your muscle mass is lower. You can understand where your weight is coming from. You will now know what you need to do to bring your body back into a healthy balance.
You can find your own standard on what you need to maintain, lose, or gain. You will be able to assess your body fat percentage so you can target fat loss and not just weight loss. You can personalize your workout routine to focus on your fitness goals. You can create a customized meal plan to meet the right calories your body needs.
A BCA will enable you to set realistic goals and make better-informed decisions, so you stay motivated.
How do you get started with Body Composition Analysis?
Call us so we can set up your body composition analysis appointment with one of our licensed physicians. The physician will discuss with you all the details of how the analysis process works and what you should expect. Your results may be given to you immediately, or you may opt to have it emailed.
We are here to help you improve your health by providing a wide array of therapies and programs that we have developed to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.