Millions of people across the country struggle with optimal health and wellness. While proper nutrition education and consistent exercise regimens are keys to leading a healthy life, they may not always be successful in helping to slim down. Rather than focusing on the idea of weight loss, discovering an ideal body composition may serve better results in your journey to achieving the perfect you. Enhanced Wellness Living in Ridgeland, Mississippi offers classes which focus on body composition– fat loss, muscle gain, and strength gain– rather than strictly weight loss. Contact us today to see how our class can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.
What Is Body Composition?
Body composition is the ratio of fat to fat-free mass in the body. Fat mass includes fat stored in muscles, subcutaneous (under the skin) fat and visceral fat surrounding the organs. Fat-free mass comprises the rest of your mass, including water and lean tissue.
The Effects of Body Composition on Health
Body composition can affect your overall health in a number of ways that can be related to things such as Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Metabolic Syndrome, Back Pain, Certain Types of Cancer, Estrogen-related problems, Excess Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Stroke, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, Respiratory Problems. Kidney disorders, Gallbladder Disorders, and Osteoarthritis.
InBody 770 – Body Composition Analysis
This is a simple, 5-minute test that gives you the exact breakdown of fat content, lean muscle and water. It even identifies dangerous visceral fat and helps you track your progress by letting you know if water, fat, lean dry mass or muscle loss causes your weight loss.
Why Measure Body Composition?
It’s important to measure body composition because it is an excellent indicator of optimal health. Significant muscle loss is one downside associated with fad diets, resulting in a lower metabolism. This makes your lower weight difficult to maintain. It is important to ensure you are maintaining Skeletal Muscle Mass throughout your wellness journey. Some things to consider about body composition include:
- It is critical to determine at the beginning of any exercise program and to monitor throughout the program.
- Weight is not a reliable measure of success nor a good indicator of one’s health!
- It can be used as an educational tool to understand the difference between Fat Mass and Skeletal Muscle Mass.
- It can be used as a predictor of overall health and symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome.
InBody 770 Report
Overweight/Obese Body Type
Weight – total body weight.
Skeletal Muscle Mass (SMM) – muscles that can be grown and developed through exercise.
Body Fat Mass – the sum of total body fat including visceral and subcutaneous fat. A C-Shape has a shorter bar length for SMM than for Weight and Body Fat Mass, which is typically a characteristic for someone who is overweight or obese; however, it can also be seen in someone who is normal or underweight, too.
Ideal Body Type
An I-Shape indicates a “balanced” body composition, meaning the Weight, SMM, and BFM roughly form a straight line. I-Shape are often at a healthy weight or body fat percentage; however, they can still have health risk if they have too much body fat.
Athletic Body Type
A D-Shape indicates an athletic body type as Skeletal Muscle mass is high compared to Weight and Body Fat Mass.
Segmental Lean Analysis
Segmental Lean Analysis evaluates whether the muscles are adequately developed in the body.
It shows how much Lean Muscle Mass is in each segment of the body. The trunk refers to the torso, including the chest, abdomen, back, and lower back. The top bar shows how much Lean Body Mass in pounds is in a given segment. The top bar compares the pounds of LBM against the avg. expected amount of LBM for your height. The goal is to maintain to be at 100% or higher. The bottom bar compares LBM against their measured body weight. This tell us whether you have enough LBM to support your own body weight, where 100% = sufficient. In the example above, the lower body is below 100%, which would let us know that you would benefit by targeting LBM development in the legs, which would help achieve a more balanced body composition and may have positive effects, such as body fat reduction, as well.
The “100” on the left side of the graph represents 100 cm2 of visceral fat. The goal is to stay below this line for optimal health and to reduce health risks and metabolic syndrome.
Body Fat – Lean Body Mass Control
Body Fat Mass (BFM) Refers to how many pounds of Fat Mass are recommended to be lost (-) and gained (+) to get the Ideal Percent Body Fat.
Lean Body Mass (LBM) refers to how many pounds of muscle are recommended to be gained (+) or lost (-) to get to the Ideal Percent Body Fat.
If you would like to learn more about body composition, contact Enhanced Wellness Living in Ridgeland, Mississippi today! Call 601-202-5978. We look forward to hearing from you!