Body composition measures the percentage of fat in a person’s body compared to its fat-free mass, such as bone, water and muscle. Improving the ratio of muscle to fat will make the body healthier, and the healthier the body is, the better it will perform. All patients, ranging from the obese to professional athletes, will benefit from improved body composition.

Why should you know your body composition?

The scale might say you’ve lost ten pounds. But ten pounds of what? It very well could be lost muscle, not lost fat. A body composition analysis provides us with a more detailed map of your physique. Knowing the specific body mass levels allows Dr. Ahmad to tailor a patient’s diet and exercise routine to stabilize each of the components (muscle, fat and water) at a healthy percentage. Body composition analysis is not only for people with obesity issues. A healthy “B.C.” helps lower the risk for cardiovascular diseases that have been linked to non-essential fats.

If you are interested in learning more about the uses of body composition analysis in medical research and practice, please click here.

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How is it measured?

At the Integrative Center for Wellness, body composition is measured using Bioelectrical Impendence Analysis with the state-of-the-art Bodystat Quadscan 4000. This method was chosen for its minimally-invasive testing and regularly-distributed objective measurements that patients can see improve over the course of the treatment.

For further details regarding the science behind the Bodystat Quadscan, please click here.

Excerpts from research literature using body composition analysis 

“BIA may be clinically useful for demonstrating sarcopenic obesity in women at normal body mass indices, with additional studies necessary to determine the metabolic reasons underlying this change in body composition.”

Am J, Clinical Nutrition 1996; 64:472S-477S

“Sarcopenia is the backdrop against which the drama of disease is played out: a body already depleted of protein because of aging is less able to with stand the protein catabolism that comes with acute illness or inadequate protein intake.”

Journal of American Medical Association 286(10) (2001)

“Muscle is the major source of protein for functions such as antibody production, wound healing, and white blood cell production during illness. If the body’s protein reserves are already depleted by Sarcopenia, there is less to mobilize for illness.”

Journal of American Medical Association 286(10) (2001)