Body Mass Index (BMI), used to calculate obesity, is only a guide as this only takes into account height and weight.
Weight on its own does not reflect true health or changes in health by adopting exercise and a healthy diet. By exercising muscle mass can increase and fat can reduce but your weight may not change much but you are healthier as a result of the lifestyle change.
Measuring fat, muscle mass in each limb as well as the visceral fat around the trunk is a better indicator of health. Visceral fat is the fat around the vital organs that has a significant impact on health.
On many diets, muscle mass can decrease as well as fat. This is because muscle can be used as fuel to produce energy when the body does not have enough calories. This results in a lower metabolic rate, and the risk of rebound weight gain after the diet
Why have body analysis?
The InBody analysis is available for anyone wanting to check their body composition and visceral fat whether they wish to follow the Alevere programme, another weight loss programme or just out of curiosity to check their health.
Body composition analysis is included in the Alevere Therapy Weight Reduction programme. Alevere programme is designed to avoid loss of muscle mass while the body treatments target fat, to improve health and body shape.
We monitor our patients regularly using the InBody body composition analysis at intervals to document reduction of fat including visceral fat, whilst ensuring that muscle mass does not decrease significantly.
The InBody 770 is the best body-composition analysis device in the world. It examines your Total Body Water, Fat, Protein, and Minerals, it also reveals percentage of body fat, muscle distribution, and body water balance; components that are key in understanding more about your body. The analysis shows in detail per body segment the muscle, fat and water content for each limb and the trunk of the body.
It is the top of the range analyser and UK Hospitals, Universities, Health & Wellbeing Centres widely use it. Now, it is also available at health + aesthetics in Surrey. It is also FDA approved and extensive results support it.
Why is BMI not enough?
Traditionally, we used to measure obesity with the Body Mass Index (BMI). It uses height and weight only, and provides a guide to obesity. The InBody measures visceral fat and analyses it against the healthy range for each individual. Visceral fat is the fat around your tummy and vital organs. It is important, as too much visceral fat is associated with higher risks of illness. These illnesses include diabetes and heart disease even when the BMI is within the normal range.
Why is muscle mass important?
Also, when trying to lose weight, you might reduce the muscle mass from your limbs. What happens is that the body burns muscle as well as fat on some diets rather than the visceral fat around their tummy. Alevere Therapy is designed to focus on fat reduction. Both generally and addressing problem areas which are often resistant to diet alone. By monitoring patients at regular intervals with the body composition analysis, patients can be confident that they are not losing muscle mass and are losing fat from their problem areas. Loss of muscle mass results in a lower metabolic rate, and the risk of rebound weight gain after the diet.
What about Basal Metabolic Rate?
The analysis also provides the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). This varies significantly from person to person and provides a guide to the number of calories you need to maintain your weight. The number of calories per day is then adjusted based on an individual’s activity levels each day. This way we can ensure sufficient energy is provided each day from the food eaten.
How does InBody work?
The InBody has two electrodes for each foot and two in each handpiece. By standing on the electrodes and holding a handpiece in each hand, safe, low-level currents are sent through the body through the hand and foot electrodes. The machine measures the impedance the currents encounter, and from there, we can derive your body composition.
How long does it take?
The test takes 60 seconds. Each InBody Test will print out a full-page results sheet detailing the muscle, fat, and water values of the patient. The results can be compared to previous results. And hence allows patients to monitor changes in fat and muscle mass over time.
How do I get the most accurate results with the InBody test?
The test should be carried out on an empty stomach and bladder. Hence, it is best to fast at least 2 hours before the test. The bladder should also be emptied before the test is carried out.
When should you have the test?
The test should take place before exercise. You should not have the test after a shower or using a sauna as sweat & heat causes a temporary change in conductivity within the body.
Subsequent testing should happen under similar conditions. (i.e. similar clothing, testing time, before eating or exercising etc.)
Who cannot have the InBody analysis?
Women in their first 12 weeks of pregnancy and patients with an internal electrical device, such as a pacemaker, defibrillator or nerve stimulator, are not suitable for the InBody analysis.
Where can I find more detailed information?
You can visit http://qr.inbody.com/ri/770/adult/en for more information.