Body Composition Testing at Integrative
Our bodies are largely composed of varying percentages of fat, bone, muscle, fluid and other tissues. Body composition testing assesses how these are distributed in your body to find out what percentage of your body is fat and what percentage is lean body mass.
With the results of your body composition test, we can compare your body composition to the optimal range for your age, gender and body type to better tailor a health plan for you.
Why Body Composition Testing?
Body Composition vs. Weight
Body composition testing is a much more accurate way to assess physical fitness and obesity than other methods. Stepping on a scale, for example, only tells us your weight, and does not consider your height or how much fat or muscle contributes to that number.
Body Composition vs. BMI
Body Mass Index (BMI) is an improvement over pure weight measurement as it takes height into account to adjust the health implications of your weight. However, two people of the same height and weight will have the same BMI, even if they have radically different proportions of fat and muscle. In fact, very muscular people can be considered obese when using a BMI estimation, even if they have very low fat percentage.
Integrative Body Composition Testing – the InBody520
We find the most accurate method to measure body composition is the InBody520. This device puts varying frequencies of a low-level electrical current through your body so we can measure the ease or resistance of current flow through your tissues.
We then factor in your gender, weight, height and age into the calculation to derive at the most accurate measurement of your body composition and estimate the percentage each tissue takes up in your body.
Even compared to other body composition devices, the InBody520 is superior as it applies varying current to all four of your limbs rather than a single frequency to just your legs.
As hydration status can influence the test results, we ask that you observe the following prior to your test:
- No alcohol consumption within 24 hours prior to the test,
- No exercise, caffeine or food for 4 hours prior to the test,
- Consume 2 to 4 glasses of water within 2 hours prior to the test.