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Posted on 08-30-2017
A Tool that Tells the Truth About Your Health
Don’t Trust the Scale, Trust Your “In-Body”
So many of us, especially females, have a love/hate relationship with their scales. We believe that our weight is a good indication of our overall health. We have all heard of the term BMI (Body Mass Index) and it’s simply a calculation of your height compared to your weight. Anything over 25 is considered overweight, anything over 30 is considered obese while anything over 40 is considered morbidly obese. Do you know your BMI? Find out by Googling the word BMI.
BMI is VERY limited in what it tells you about your health. Weight in its strictest form tells us very little about our health. It’s like looking at the outside of a car and how it looks to understand the performance of the engine. We know that looks can be deceiving. So, is there a better test to give us an indication of overall health? YES! We use a device called an In-Body scanner (www.inbodyusa.com) and it tests overall body composition in addition to your weight and BMI.
Here are 3 important things you need to know about the In-Body scanner that could dramatically change the way you look at your health:
1.The In-Body measures your body’s composition of muscle, fat and water levels. The number one indicator of aging and the potential for chronic disease and disability according to research is loss of muscle mass. The term for loss of bone is “Osteopenia” and the term for loss of muscle is “Sarcopenia”. The In-Body tells you exactly how much muscle and how much fat you have on your body. A health ratio is 3:1, meaning you should have 3 times the amount of muscle to fat on your body. Are you an “overfat” person with a good BMI? We see a lot of those people. The look good on the scale or with clothing on but take a good look and they are “skinny-fat” meaning they have lost muscle and may have a high fat to muscle ratio.
2.The In-Body also measures WHERE you are carrying your muscle and fat. Where is the worst place to carry extra fat on your body? We all know. It’s in our mid-section or our belly. We call this visceral fat or centripetal obesity because you’re carrying your fat centrally and crushing your organs (viscera). The In-Body gives you a Visceral Fat Index and anything over 10 on the 1-20 scale increases your likelihood of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. We can’t change something we are not aware of and this is something EVERYONE should be aware of.
3.The In-Body also tells you the health of your cells by measuring something called Extracellular Water and comparing it to your Total Body Water (ECW/TBW). Having a higher percentage of water outside your cells compared to within the cell membrane is unhealthy and can be an indication of edema, inflammation and toxicity. Cells should be plump with water like a grape, not shriveled like a raisin. A healthy body maintains a 3:2 ratio of water inside the cells (intracellular water) to water outside the cells (extracellular water).
You cannot manage your health if you can’t measure your health and physiology never lies. Neither does your In-Body test. It’s almost like a “crystal ball” that allows us to tell you your future health and functionality. Book your test today and find out if you are moving towards better health or away from it!
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