Bioimpedance Body Composition Analysis
I used to love working with new clients when I was a personal trainer – the changes in my clients in the first 8 weeks was phenomenal. This period of going from nil to daily exercise results in rapid muscle growth, cardiovascular health benefits and body changes including changes in hydration, neurotransmission etc. These changes may not be reflected in your ordinary bathroom scales.
When I am working with weight loss clients, they may often make great dietary changes and embark on an exercise regime all at the same time. Afterall, it is the combination of nutrition and exercise that gets results. However, they may stand on their scales at home and not see them budge or lose just a little bit, which can be quite disheartening.
In the clinic, I use a Tanita Bioimpedance body composition analysis machine to measure client progress. All Tanita body composition monitors use advanced Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology. When you stand on a Tanita monitor, a very low, safe electrical signal is sent from four metal electrodes through your feet to your legs and abdomen.
At the end of 20 seconds, you have a measure of your weight, fat percentage, fat mass, muscle mass, hydration, bone mass, basal metabolic rate and metabolic age (how well you are ageing compared to others your age). These measurements are far more relevant than just weight as they will reflect muscle gain and fat loss. So instead of jumping on the scales and seeing you have lost 500g, these scales may show a fat loss of 1kg and muscle gain of 500g – a good result.
Not only does bioimpedance technology provide an accurate measure of weight loss, it also provides a good measure for sports performance, especially if the goal is muscle gain (which equates to getting stronger). It provides a measure to ensure that the nutrition plan in place is achieving the desired results.
I used bioimpedance body composition analysis in all of my weight loss consultations and also in the sports performance consultations if required. It provides a detailed measure of progress and results.