We assess your body composition. This includes measure your percentage of body fat, your visceral fat, bone mass, muscle mass and your hydration status. This enables the calculation of your basal metabolic rate – i.e. this is the level of calories your body burns at rest.
By assessing the composition of your body, you can gain insight into how your body is made up.
Body fat percentage
Your body fat percentage is essential to know when evaluating your health. It divides your total weight in two categories: fat mass and everything else. You need fat to keep you warm and to protect your organs and joints. However, it is not healthy to have too much or too little fat.
If your body fat percentage is too low, your resistance to diseases and energy levels are lower, and you are at at risk of health issues. If your body fat percentage is too high, you have a higher risk of diabetes and other health problems.
A lean belly leads to a healthier life. When measuring your body fat surrounding the waist, you are actually measuring visceral fat. This is the fat that surrounds your abdominal organs. It is normal to have some visceral fat; however, a high level of visceral fat can lead to serious health issues.
To manage your muscle mass and body fat percentage you first have to understand your measurements. Often people mistake building muscle mass with burning body fat. These two often go hand in hand, but they are not the same. Muscle mass includes the weight of the muscles in your body in kilograms or pounds. While the body fat percentage measures the amount of fat your body holds. Burning body fat can be a result of the accumulated muscles. Muscles are like engines when it comes to consuming energy. Our muscle mass plays a crucial role when it comes to fitness. When your body builds muscles, it burns energy and fat all the time. As your muscle mass increases, the faster your body is able to burn calories/energy. This leads to an increase of your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which helps in losing weight.
Basal Metabolic Rate
Basal Metabolic Rate, also known as BMR, is the amount of energy your body burns at rest on a daily basis. In other words: It is the number of calories required to keep your body function while you are not doing any physical activities.
Even when you are resting your body is using energy to function effectively. Your body is making your heart pump blood trough your veins, for example. Or your stomach is processing the food you just ate. This process is better known as your Basal Metabolic Rate.
Body water is an important measure when it comes to a healthy body. The human body needs water to function the right way. Finding the perfect balance in your body water is key. Your water intake should compensate the loss of body water. A human body can lose body water through the skin, via sweat, urine and by breathing. If the balance is right, you will feel at your best!
This is the estimated weight of total bone mass in the body. A bone density or DEXA scan would be necessary to accurately measure the state of bone health.