What is InBody and how does it work?
The InBody body composition analyser measures your body and provides a detailed, yet easy to understand report. On your results sheet, you will see how many kilograms of fat and muscle is on your body and where it is located. By monitoring these metrics over time, you can pin point the changes needed in your diet and exercise to achieve your goals. A small example of the metrics found on a InBody results sheet:
- Total skeletal muscle mass
- Total body fat in kilograms
- Total body fat percentage
- Visceral fat
- Total body water
- Segmental muscle and fat analysis
- Bone mineral content
- Basal metabolic rate
- Plus much more…
What is BIA?
Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) was discovered in the early 1960s. BIA is a method of measuring body composition. A small alternating current is sent through the body which measures the different resistance of the make up of the body. For example, body fat compared to body water (such as blood) has a much weaker conductivity, which equals relatively high impedance.
How InBody has revolutionised BIA technology by not using age and gender to make assumptions about a person’s body composition.
What are these assumptions?
Inputted Data such as age, gender and body type are used by some devices to overcome poor accuracy and reproducibility in measuring a person’s body composition. These assumptions may go unnoticed when scanning an ‘average’ person, but in the case of someone outside the norm, the results produced may show huge discrepancies. This method should not be relied on for a precise measurement.