Weight Management

What is a Body Composition Analysis?

A Body Composition Analysis measures the exact physical make-up of your body. The human body is made up of 4 components – water, protein, mineral and fat. Though the relationship among these four components in a body will differ greatly depending on a person's gender, age, and individual characteristics, the balance among them also reflects your level of health. Body composition analysis measures these components in your body quantitatively and provides basic information about your condition and health.

A healthy person maintains a balanced body composition. If this balance gets disturbed, the proportion of each component changes: excessive fat causes obesity; insufficient proteins cause malnutrition; excessive water causes edema and insufficient minerals cause osteoporosis. Body composition analysis evaluates body function so you can improve your health and condition. By monitoring fundamental body composition such as muscle development, nutrition, and possible obesity through regular body composition check-ups, we can be aware of imbalances and start preventive measures to ensure your good health while optimizing your weight management program.

Weight alone is not a clear indicator of good health because it does not distinguish how many pounds are fat and how many pounds are lean body mass. It is your body composition that is important, not your weight.  A good balance among the body’s components is a critical health indicator.

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