What is Bio-Electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)?
Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis or Bioelectrical impedance Analysis (BIA) is a method of assessing your body composition, the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment.
It will give you a breakdown of; The amount of fat and where in your body you are storing it / the amount of visceral fat you have (the fat packed around your organs), it takes a look at the muscle in your arms, legs and trunk, how much muscle you have and if there is any muscular imbalances, if you have any water retention or dehydration, how much protein and minerals is in your body, your body fat percentage, BMI and how many calories you need to consume a day (BMR).
Research has shown that body composition is directly related to health. A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, altered body composition, can greatly increase your risks for cardiovascular disease diabetes, and more. BIA allows for early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, which fosters earlier intervention and prevention. BIA also provides a measurement of fluid and body mass that can be a critical assessment tool for your current state of health.
Since “fat loss” is the goal when people set out to lose “weight” and “muscle gain” is the goal when people set out to gain “weight”, the nutritionists of “Healthy Directions” monitor body composition changes (fat weight vs. lean fat free weight) rather than monitor people with weekly “weigh-ins”. Rather than feeling frustrated with the scale, health conscious people are usually very happy to learn of their progress when viewing BIA results.
Why monitoring body fat is important
Body fat is vital to daily body functions; it cushions the joints and protects the organs, helps regulate body temperature, stores vitamins and helps the body sustain itself when food is scarce. Everyone needs some body fat to be active and healthy.
Most people think that body weight, and not body fat, is a direct indication of fitness. Yet during a diet and exercise regime, whilst someone’s absolute weight may fluctuate, their body fat will decline in a slow but steady rate to the desired level.
Using body fat scales to measure changes in both body fat and weight gives a more dependable picture of fitness.