It is interesting how one simple number on a weigh scale can change how people feel about their bodies. That one number can create resentment, body image issues, and create anxiety.
In contrast, the data provided through bio-electrical impedance analysis (BIA) helps people understand their bodies in a much more detailed, constructive and beneficial manner.
BIA sends electrical currents from the arm through the body and down the leg via four electrodes. By measuring the varying resistance of the cells it passes through–muscle has less resistance than fat, for example–the BIA device can determine the composition of a body.
The 45-second body composition test provides data on total body water, mineral content, visceral fat, basal metabolic rate, and much more, which can all help people to better understand and manage their health.
For example, excess extracellular water being held in one segment of the body may show a high risk for lymphedema or other edemas. Low phase angle (which measures overall cell health) can be indicative of poor cell function and an underlying health condition. Low skeletal muscle mass and high fat mass may indicate sarcopenia. BIA data may also reveal diabetes risk, cardiovascular disease risk, bariatric risk, or inflammation.
BIA results can also be very helpful and motivational when tracking fitness progress.
Rather than just providing body weight, the comprehensive BIA data helps people understand their body composition so they can take positive steps to managing their health.
Learn more about body composition tests and InBody case studies.