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What does the number on the scale really mean?
Not enough — unless that scale is the InBody 270. This advanced body assessment technology has not only improved how we measure weight, but also how we evaluate numerous other factors that affect the health and appearance of your body.
In just 15 seconds, InBody 270 provides an accurate analysis of exactly what your body is made of. Combining our body contouring services with regular body composition analysis helps us track your progress and adjust your treatment to deliver amazing results.
InBody 270 is a powerful tool for anyone seeking to lose weight, build muscle, improve athletic performance or simply live a healthier, more energized life.
What Is InBody 270?
InBody 270 is a noninvasive, quick and accurate body composition analyzer powered by cutting-edge BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) technology. Using a combination of low- and high-frequency electrical currents, the device measures extracellular, intracellular and total body water with a high level of precision. This data is used to calculate a detailed breakdown of your weight in terms of fat, muscle and water — results that reflect your true health, inside and out.
What Is Body Composition?
Body composition is a way of measuring someone’s bodyweight by breaking it down into its core components: fat, muscle, bone and water.
Two individuals of the same weight and gender may look completely different because they have a different body composition. One may have more muscle than fat, and therefore look fitter, while the other may have more fat than muscle, and therefore look out of shape. Their weight on the scale is the same, but what makes up that weight is different.
Body composition analysis goes beyond your weight and the body mass index (BMI) to reveal your body’s unique makeup, allowing us to establish a baseline and track changes in your lean muscle mass, fat mass and body fat percentage. This helps us identify areas to work on to achieve your fitness goals and improve both short-term and long-term health.
How Does Body Composition Compare to BMI?
BMI has long been used to assess the health of a person by comparing the amount of weight they carry to their height. It’s calculated by dividing your weight by your height squared:
BMI = weight(lb) ÷ height(in)2
BMI does not distinguish between muscle, fat, bone or water, nor does it provide any indication of the distribution of fat within your body. This makes it a poor tool for tracking the results of a diet, exercise or body contouring regimen, as there is no way to identify where in your body the changes are taking place.
It is also insufficient for assessing health. BMI is just one number, and a single number is a dramatic oversimplification of what it takes to achieve and maintain optimal health.
Although BMI is widely used, it is a limited metric with critical flaws, and many health professionals now consider it outdated.
Why Is Body Composition Important to Measure?
Most people’s body goals focus on the same two things: fat loss and/or muscle gain. So why do most of us step on a scale or use the BMI to assess our success, when neither one can accurately tell us about our fat or muscle mass?
Body composition analysis is a significant improvement over both of these methods. If you focus only on losing weight, you could end up losing muscle mass rather than fat. Body composition prevents this from happening by showing exactly what your weight fluctuations mean so you can make intelligent adjustments to your diet and fitness routine.
Body composition is also important when it comes to your health. An array of evidence shows that maintaining a healthy body composition reduces the risk of conditions like heart disease and diabetes, improves energy levels and increases longevity. Body composition analysis can help you find the ideal muscle-fat balance for your body.
The Benefits of Tracking Body Composition With InBody 270
Now let’s get more specific. We know that measuring body composition can improve your body aesthetics as well as your health — but how exactly does it do that?
There are many ways you can use body composition to improve your well-being:
- Identify your baseline so you know what to gain, lose or maintain for optimal health
- Set realistic, time-bound, quantifiable health and fitness goals
- Tailor your workout routine to your unique health and fitness needs
- Calculate your caloric needs to design a personalized nutrition plan
- Minimize unwanted changes in your body
- Enhance your athletic performance and recovery
- Assess your metabolic health status and risk factors
- Get objective insight for measuring progress towards a goal
- Stay accountable and motivated
- Celebrate your wins!
What Does InBody 270 Measure?
InBody 270 calculates a number of essential body composition outputs that you can use to track your progress over time, including:
Percent Body Fat (PBF)
How much fat mass makes up your total body weight. A healthy range is considered a PBF within 10 – 20% for men or 18 – 28% for women.
Skeletal Muscle Mass (SMM)
How much muscle mass makes up your total bodyweight. A healthy muscle mass balance is essential for posture, mobility and strong immunity.
Total Body Water (TBW)
How much water makes up your total bodyweight. TBW is divided into two categories: extracellular water (which is outside your cells) and intracellular water (which is within your cells).
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
How many calories you naturally burn at rest. Knowing your BMR allows you to develop a unique nutrition plan based on your activity level and health goals.
Segmental Lean Analysis
An in-depth analysis of your lean body mass in each segment of your body (arms, legs and trunk). This allows you to identify any imbalances between the segments.
And that’s not all! Your InBody Result Sheet displays many more helpful measurements in an easy-to-read format, complete with charts and graphs to visualize your results and tips for interpretation.
How to Get the Most Accurate Results With InBody 270
Following a few “do’s and don’ts” will ensure you get the most accurate results possible from your InBody 270 scan.
- Drink as little as possible two hours before your scan
- Empty your bladder just before your scan
- Wear shorts and a tank top or slim-fitting shirt
- Conduct the test in the morning if possible
- Maintain proper posture
- Try to carry out subsequent testing under the same conditions
- Exercise two hours before your scan
- Eat two hours before your scan
- Shower or use a sauna just before your scan
- Wear accessories like jewelry
- Hold your arms against your sides during your scan
- Use the machine if you are ill or pregnant
How Does an InBody 270 Scan Work?
An InBody scan is simple, painless and completely noninvasive. Please come into our office having followed the guidelines above.
When it is time for the scan, you will wipe your hands and feet with a special wipe that removes any sweat or lotion. This improves your body’s conductivity to help the device obtain an accurate reading. Once you’re ready, you will simply step onto the scale and hold the hand electrodes on either side of the machine with your arms outstretched at about waist level.
That’s all there is to it! The InBody analyzer will calculate its measurements in just 15 seconds, and you will receive a detailed report print-out explaining your unique body composition.
How InBody 270 Can Help you Reach Your Body Goals
You’ve likely heard that “knowledge is power.” That’s true in so many areas of life, including your health and fitness. Knowing what’s actually going on inside your body lets you make informed choices and helps us provide better, more personalized care.
In less than half a minute, InBody 270 tells us what makes up your body so we can decide whether your body contouring plan should include CoolSculpting, Emsculpt NEO or both. Then, as your treatment continues on, regular InBody scans help us monitor your treatment so we can track your progress, work around plateaus and celebrate your successes.
We find that the accountability and motivation that come from utilizing a tool like this can make all the difference between reaching your goals and falling short. In fact, we’re such big fans of InBody 270 that we offer it for free to all Team NEO members. It’s just one of the perks we offer, along with our maintenance programs and Emsculpt NEO packages, to help you sculpt your best physique.
Get to Know Your Body Better Than Ever Before
When it comes to your fitness journey, Krch AESTHETIC MEDICINE is here to ensure you have everything you need to succeed. We are constantly searching for new technologies that can help our patients meet and exceed their goals, and we believe InBody 270 is one of the most effective tools you can have by your side. Team NEO members receive complimentary InBody scans. Non-members can purchase a scan for just $25 to personalize their fitness journey. Give us a call at 480-493-5833 to learn more.