Our clinic is equipped with the most advanced body composition testing equipment available. We utilize full body scanning via GE Lunar Prodigy series as well as the top of the line Tanita body composition scales and devices.
What is body composition and why is it important?
Our bodies are made up of various vitamins, minerals, water, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Individuals that have an excess amount of fat — especially if majority of it is at the waist — may be at an increased risk for health problems such as diabetes, high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. These conditions increase the risk and susceptibility for stroke and heart disease. A major, independent risk factor for heart disease is obesity. Individuals who are overweight or considered obese, can reduce the risk for stroke and heart disease by successfully losing weight and keeping it off.
A body composition test determines if an individual’s weight is healthy for their height. This test provides a good indication of the individual’s health by providing the waist circumference, body mass index, skeletal muscle percentages, and body fat percentage. Understanding body composition is essential for individuals who want to get in better shape or evaluate progression through diet and exercise. Teaching patients about body composition is key for their optimal performance and appearance.
Taking ones body composition is useful in executing an exercise plan and provides an outline for fat loss and muscle mass buildup. Our physicians can determine how much of your body is composed of fat and muscle and determine what a healthy composition for you should be. Lean tissue, which includes muscle, water, bone and organs, is the non-fat part of your body. Lean tissue is known as metabolically active tissue and is the tissue that burns calories all day. The higher your resting metabolic rate will be the more lean tissue you have. Body fat is the fat storage and in contrast has a very low calorie demand.
Understanding Body Composition Testing
Understanding body composition is an essential part of weight loss. Learning about your body composition is key to your optimal performance and appearance because it can guide and and help set exercise plans to lose fat, build muscle or both. The non-fat part of your body is called lean tissue, which includes your muscle, water, bone and organs. Lean tissue is known as metabolically active tissue, the tissue that burns calories all day. The more lean tissue you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate will be. The fat part is body fat and body fat is a storage form of energy. Therefore it has a very low calorie demand. The Body Composition and Bone Density machine provides access to the latest and newest methods for measuring body composition and bone density in humans. The patient lies on a table and the machine scans the body and provides detailed reporting of fat and muscle composition. The results from your body composition assessment can be used to identify risks, personalize your exercise program or evaluate how well your current exercise and nutrition program is working for you. If you find that you are within a healthy range, continue your exercise and dietary behaviors. If you find that your body composition has room for improvement, take a closer look at what you can do to make positive changes to your current level of activity and diet. Use more than just the scale to assess body composition. Remember, it is possible for the number on the scale to remain constant but experience changes in fat mass and lean mass. Participation in regular exercise and physical activity along with a healthy balanced diet are the key to reaching and maintaining a healthy body composition. At Weight Loss Clinic Los Angeles, we are fully equipped and dedicated to helping you reach your health goal needs. Call today to schedule an appointment for your body composition testing.