Why measure body composition?
Weight alone is not a clear indicator of good health because it does not distinguish between body fat and lean body mass (muscle, bones, organs). Carrying too much fat can be a predisposition for many serious medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes and even certain forms of cancer.
Additionally, knowing ones body composition serves as a starting point for a weight management program. Having a tangible result in the form of skin-fold measurements and/or percentages can help to chart progress. In fact, measuring body-fat regularly can serve to motivate and help an individual make necessary modifications to their program.
How do we measure body composition?
Skinfolds – a six site (men) or five site (women) skinfold test that assesses body composition (percentage body fat, lean body mass, ideal weight, and ideal percentage fat). A computer printout is given of all the results.
Hydrostatic Weighing – Hydrostatic (underwater) weighing, determines a person’s total body density using Archimedes’ Principle of displacement. This test has been considered the gold standard for body composition assessment and can provide an accurate measurement of fat vs. fat-free mass.
For the most accurate results, please follow a 24-hour dietary restriction of no fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans or carbonated beverages. Please bring a swimsuit.