While stepping on a scale or looking in the mirror can provide some information into whether your fitness or nutrition regimen is providing results, there is a far more precise way to measure changes to your physique.
Base Healthcare Men’s Health Clinic is one of the first clinics in the greater Raleigh area to offer body composition analysis incorporating state-of-the-art health technology measuring skeletal muscle mass and fat mass. This technology provides us with an accurate and comprehensive picture of your body composition in seconds and serves as a critical preventive health screening and planning tool.
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What is Body Composition?
Body composition refers to the relative proportions of different components that make up an individual’s body weight. It is a way of evaluating the distribution of fat, muscle, bone, and other tissues in the body. Body composition analysis is often used to determine an individual’s overall health and fitness, as well as to track changes in muscle mass and body fat over time. Understanding body composition is important for setting and achieving health and fitness goals, as well as for monitoring disease risk and progression.
Why is Body Composition Important?
Body composition is important for individuals to know about for several reasons:
- Health and fitness: Body composition can give an idea of overall health and fitness, and can help individuals set and achieve health and fitness goals. A higher muscle mass and lower body fat percentage generally indicate better health and fitness.
- Disease risk: A high body fat percentage can increase the risk of various diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Measuring body composition can help individuals monitor disease risk and make lifestyle changes to reduce it.
- Tracking progress: Body composition can be used to track changes in muscle mass and body fat over time, allowing individuals to monitor the effectiveness of their diet and exercise efforts.
- Body weight vs body fat: Body weight alone can be misleading as a measure of health and fitness. Two individuals with the same body weight could have vastly different body composition, with one having more muscle mass and less body fat than the other.
- Performance improvement: Athletes and individuals looking to improve their physical performance can benefit from understanding their body composition. By monitoring changes in muscle mass and body fat, they can make adjustments to their training and nutrition to optimize performance.
Overall, understanding body composition provides individuals with valuable information about their health and fitness, allowing them to make informed decisions about their lifestyles and health.