Body composition: What it is and best ways to measure it

 Body composition: What it is and best ways to measure it

Lena Fisher

Who has the objectives of lose weight increase the lean mass or simply keep the weight off You need to know your own body composition, as well as follow its evolution from time to time. But what does this name mean? Understand better:

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What is body composition?

Body composition is the set of components that make up your body mass. In other words, when you measure your weight on the balance is considering the sum of:

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  • Water;
  • Bones;
  • Muscles;
  • Body fat.

Thus, body composition seeks to quantify what percentages of body mass comprise each of these components - which can vary according to genetics, the lifestyle habits diet, among other factors.

And why is it important to keep track of these numbers? Because in a weight loss process, for example, "the weight on the scale or the BMI (body mass index) Therefore, these metrics do not express the real and reliable result of the student", explains the physical education professional Carol Santos.

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How to measure

The safest and most effective way to do this is with bioimpedance testing. According to the expert, it is able to measure:

  • Body Fat: body weight that corresponds to the fat ;
  • Lean Mass: body weight that corresponds to muscles, bones, and organs;
  • Body Water: In relation to total body weight, males usually have a body mass index of hydration Values above these percentages may indicate water retention, while lower levels suggest dehydration;
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): is the amount of calories a person consumes in 24hs in basal situation, that is, at rest, without physical or mental activity. A basal metabolic rate is proportional to lean mass: the more lean mass a person has, the more calories he or she will burn at rest and during physical activity.

Knowing all this information allows you to create, together with your personal and nutritionist, more individualized and assertive strategies for your goal. Carol Santos also states that the most indicated is to do the test every 45 days.

With proper training and diet, over time it is possible to notice increased muscle mass, reduced fat, proper body water values, and increased basal metabolic rate.

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Source: Carol Santos, physical education professional and coordinator of Bio Ritmo's Torq and Bio Master programs.

Lena Fisher

Lena Fisher is a wellness enthusiast, certified nutritionist, and author of the popular health and well-being blog. With over a decade of experience in the field of nutrition and health coaching, Lena has dedicated her career to helping people achieve their optimal health and live their best life possible. Her passion for wellness has led her to explore various approaches to achieving overall health, including diet, exercise, and mindfulness practices. Lena's blog is a culmination of her years of research, experience, and personal journey towards finding balance and well-being. Her mission is to inspire and empower others to make positive changes in their lives and embrace a healthy lifestyle. When she's not writing or coaching clients, you can find Lena practicing yoga, hiking the trails, or experimenting with new healthy recipes in the kitchen.