The Importance of a Body Composition Analysis

Like many people, you may have a love-hate relationship with your bathroom scale. According to the International Food Information Council, 33% of adults in the United States are eliminating major food groups or following a strict eating plan to see the number on their scale go down.

While your total body weight matters, it’s not the only measurement you need to take into consideration when it comes to weight loss and good health. 

At Symonett Weight Loss Center in Colton, California, our weight-loss specialist, Dr. Elmer Symonett, also measures your body composition.

Why, you may wonder, does my body composition matter? Well, because your health and wellness depend on more than just your total body weight -- the number you see on your bathroom scale.

Body composition analysis

It’s no secret that excess body fat isn’t good for your health. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing many chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, joint pain, and heart disease. 

Though the scale helps you track the total number of pounds lost, it can’t tell the difference between fat loss and muscle loss. Excess body weight is a strain on your body, but excess fat — whether you’re overweight or underweight — is a strain on your health. 

The body composition analysis differentiates fat mass from fat-free mass (muscle, bone, and organs). We perform a body composition analysis to assess your initial health and track the changes as you lose weight. 

We want nothing more than to help you reach your weight-loss goals. However, we also want to help you lose excess fat and retain most of your calorie-burning muscle. 

Your body mass index (BMI)

There are several methods available for assessing body composition. One of the simplest measurements is BMI, which is a mathematical equation that compares your weight to your height. 

What your BMI means:

Though BMI is a simple and effective tool for measuring body composition, it can be misleading in some cases. For example, a bodybuilder may have a high BMI that puts them in the overweight category, but they have a low overall body fat percentage.

Measuring your body fat percentage

To get a better idea of your body composition, we may use other tools to differentiate fat mass from fat-free mass, such as bioelectrical impedance, a DEXA scan, or skinfold measurements. These tools help us determine body fat percentage, which may be a better indicator of overall health.

Many factors influence your body fat percentage, including your age, sex, genetics, and hormones. For optimal health, your body fat percentage should fall somewhere between 18-31%. 

In general, men tend to have more fat-free mass than women. 

Seeing an improvement in your body composition, even without a change in the number on the scale, is a non-scale victory that can make you feel good about your progress.

Improving your body composition

Our goal is to provide you with all the tools you need to reach your weight-loss goals, lose the fat, and improve your health. To improve your body composition and help you lose fat and maintain muscle, we offer:

We also offer dietary counseling and appetite suppressants to help you make healthy food choices and keep your appetite and food cravings under control.

When it comes to weight loss, your bathroom scale may not be your best source for inspiration and motivation. A body composition analysis provides more information about what’s really happening on your weight-loss journey.

Let us help you lose the weight and keep it off. Contact us by phone or book online to schedule a consultation. 

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