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What is body composition?
Body composition is a method of breaking down the body into its core components: fat, protein, minerals, and body water. It describes your weight more accurately and provides a better glimpse into your overall health than traditional methods. Body composition analysis can accurately show changes in fat mass, muscle mass, and body fat percentage.
Why is body composition important to measure?
Our conversations on diet and fitness tend to focus on the amount of weight that we want to gain and lose. What they fail to consider is that two people of the same sex and body weight may look completely different from each other because they have a different body composition. Body composition describes the amount of fat, bone, water, and muscle in the body. Measuring your body composition will tell you your own body’s unique makeup and help you identify areas to work on to improve your overall health and wellness.
Why do you need to understand your weight in terms of muscle and fat?
You may be aware of the normal weight ranges, but how do you get there? If you only focus on losing weight, you may end up losing muscle mass and eventually sabotage your efforts. By differentiating between muscle and fat, body composition removes the guesswork of determining what your weight fluctuations mean, be it muscle gain, fat loss, or anything in between.
Whatever your goals may be, an important thing to keep in mind during your health journey is that skinny does not always equal healthy.
What are the benefits of understanding your body composition?
- Find your baseline so you know what you need to lose, gain, or maintain
- Assess your Percent Body Fat so you can focus on fat loss, not just weight loss
- Maximize your workout routine to fit your unique health and fitness goals
- Calculate your caloric needs and create a personalized nutrition plan
- Set realistic goals, accurately monitor progress, and stay motivated
- Make more educated decisions to improve your body composition