InBody is a detailed body composition analyser and recently I went along to Hypoxi Knightsbridge to get assessed. It was quick, easy, safe and painless but I found the results really interesting and helpful. After the age of 40 keeping one’s body in good condition becomes even more important and just knowing your weight and BMI doesn’t particularly give an accurate picture of how healthy you are.
Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is the common method used to establish if you’re underweight, in the normal range or overweight and is calculated by dividing your weight by height. Though it has its uses it also has its limitations as it doesn’t take into account your muscle mass. This means that those on the muscular side can come out as having an unhealthy high BMI. On the flip side, you can get skinny-fat people who have a ‘normal’ BMI but their muscle to fat ratio is actually unhealthy.
BMI also doesn’t tell you if your fat is visceral i.e. deep fat that’s stored around your organs and thought to be particularly unhealthy or subcutaneous fat which is stored under the skin. Leading on from that your Waist Hip Ratio (WHR) is now thought to be a greater indictor of health than BMI.
InBody fills in the gaps that your BMI doesn’t provide and more. I had it done after a 6+ months of making a concerted effort to eat less and exercise more and I was really pleased with my results. Now, I have a baseline to compare my future readings against as I try to maintain what I’ve achieved. However, I think having it done before embarking on a fitness program would have been a huge incentive and I’d have got huge satisfaction from seeing the positive change in numbers.
Though I’m not completely dismissive of how much I weigh, I’m more concerned about my muscle mass. Being slim but without tone and strength won’t serve me so well as I get older. Also, a healthy muscle mass is a good indicator of healthy bone density. Therefore, I was pleased to see that all my weights and resistence training is paying off.
My visceral fat reading was good but my Waist Hip Ratio was a little on the high side so it’s good to know that is something I’ve got to keep an eye on. Also my Edema reading was a bit high so that’s also something I have to watch. A very useful bit of information that InBody provides is your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). This is the minimum energy (calories) required to maintain vital functions while at rest.
There’s lots of other interesting data that’s included as part of the analysis. What’s really important is that it’s all explained properly and Dajana at Hypoxi Knightsbridge spent a long time going over every aspect in depth with me. She really helped me understand my results and no question was left unanswered. You take your results sheet with you and Dajana will also happily answer any queries that may come to you once you’ve left the clinic.
The initial Inbody assessment is £60 an follow up assessments are £40. Hydroxi Knightsbridge can be contacted on 0207 118 8377.
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