Body composition analysis is essential to completely understand health and weight as traditional methods of assessing health, such as BMI, can be misleading. Going beyond your bathroom scale, body composition analysis breaks down your body into four components: fat, lean body mass, minerals, and body water.
Q: Can I have my body composition tested at Clem&Thyme?
A: Yes! InBody testing is included in all appointments with our dietitians at Clem&Thyme. If you would like to come in for an InBody test only, we charge $50. Contact us if you are interested in scheduling a time to have your body composition test done.
Q: What are important guidelines users should or should not do before a test?
A: Before a test, you should:
• Use the bathroom
• Maintain the same testing conditions as your first test
• Use an InBody tissue to wipe down electrodes
• Avoid eating or wait two hours after a meal
Avoid testing if before the test, you:
• Exercised strenuously
• Used a sauna, steam room, or bath
• Consumed diuretics such as caffeine, alcohol, and medication
• Have a fever, cold, or chill
Check out this video for more information!
Q: What factors can affect the accuracy of my test results?
A: Changes in body composition reflect body status, which may be affected by factors such as disease, nutrition, hydration, and medication. Accessories such as jewelry may interfere with the electrical conductivity. Improper posture will also affect test results. It is recommended to maintain the same testing conditions from test to test to produce high data reproducibility and comparability.
Q: Are there any height, weight, or age restrictions for the InBody test?
A: All of the InBody models have the same test ranges for weight, height, and age.
• Weight range: 22 pounds to 551 pounds
• Height range: 3 ft 1.4 in – 7 ft 2.6 in
• Age range: 3 years to 99 years
Q: How long does it take to perform a test?
A: The InBody Test lasts between 15 seconds and 120 seconds, depending on the model being used.
Q: Who are not recommended to take an InBody test?
- People with artificial electrical implants such as a defibrillator or pacemaker should not be tested. The electrical currents of the InBody may disrupt the functionality of life-sustaining implants.
- Women who are on their menstrual cycle may not obtain accurate results due to subtle changes in their hydration and body water levels.
Q: How do InBody devices work?
A: InBody devices use direct segmental measurement bioelectrical impedance analysis (DSM-BIA), a patented technology, to precisely measure body composition by sending multiple electrical currents through the body, resulting in up to six different impedance readings for the trunk and each of the four limbs.
The innovative in-depth analysis of the InBody Test yields accurate results for body composition outputs, such as body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, (segmental) lean body mass, and percent body fat.
Q: What are the advantages of using multiple frequencies instead of a single frequency?
A: Using multiple frequencies improves accuracy and precision. At a single, low frequency, it is difficult for electrical currents to penetrate the cellular membrane and assess intracellular water. As frequencies get higher, the electrical current is more capable of penetrating the cellular membrane and accurately measuring intracellular water.
Q: What is impedance?
A: Impedance is the frequency-dependent opposition of a conductor to the flow of an alternating electric current. Impedance is composed of two main properties, resistance and reactance. InBody provides segmental impedance values at varying frequencies to allow for accurate analysis of the human body. Since reactance is the interrupting force of alternating current flow, it increases in proportion to the integrity of cell membrane. Therefore, reactance and phase angle decrease when the number of cells is low or the cell membrane is more permeable or unhealthy. The more water there is, the lower the impedance.
Q: How does the InBody derive body fat measurements from body water measurements?
A: Body water volume is closely related to fat free body mass. When fat free mass is subtracted from total weight, body fat mass remains.
Q: Is BIA technology accurate?
A: Historically, BIA technology, devices, and results have been met with some degree of skepticism. However, InBody technology addresses these concerns with its technological features and provides great precision and accuracy for total body and regional measurements.
Q: How to I interpret my InBody results sheet?
A: Ask one of the dietitians at Clem&Thyme or check out this video!