Why is Body Composition Important?

Scale weight is not an indicator of an individual's body fat or health. Body composition is the amount of lean tissue compared to fat. Body composition data can form the basis for a wide variety of therapeutic health and fitness prescriptions. In clinical applications, body composition analysis along with non-pharmacologic nutrition and exercise prescriptions provide the foundation upon which further treatment is based. Only body composition analysis can determine how much muscle and fat are lost or gained as the result of any nutrition, exercise, or pharmaceutical prescription.

How is Abnormal Body Composition Managed?

When there is an imbalance between calorie intake and calorie burn, we change our body composition. The quantitative management of abnormal body composition, i.e. obesity, anorexia, disease, etc. must be associated with daily calorie intake and expenditure. The successful application of body composition analysis must have a three compartment assessment. These compartments are:

  1. FAT - Storage of potential energy or body fat or calorie storage.
  2. BCM - (Body Cell Mass) the burning of fat and nutrients then converting it to work or kinetic energy or calorie expenditure.
  3. ECM - (Extracellular Mass) the transportation of nutrients, waste and fluids.

The body composition analysis equipment and software used at The Wellness Institute will allow your Naturopathic Doctor to manage the information and data obtained to create and evaluate custom prescriptions for change.

What are the Long-Term Benefits of a Good Body Composition Prescription?

The ability to (1) analyze body composition data interactively, (2) create prescriptions for change and (3) visualize the effectiveness of those prescriptions with projected and historical graphs helps increase motivation for positive change.

The ultimate outcome is improved health and increased longevity!




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