Body Composition Analysis

Body fitness and overall health might be one of the most discussed and debated topics in today’s society. In fact, there might be more interest in the topic today than ever before. This is perhaps evidenced by the vast array of “healthy lifestyle” guides on a variety of diet and exercise routines that have popped up online in recent years. If you are interested in ensuring that your body is as healthy as it could – or should – be, don’t approach the situation from a “try and see” standpoint. Instead, opt for information and facts with their roots in scientific analysis.


What is body composition analysis?

Body composition analysis is an increasingly popular series of tests that is used to take stock of the various tissues that exist in our bodies and determine their ratios to each other. This kind of analysis measures a range of elements, including the following:

  • Body Fat Mass
  • Body Fat Percentage
  • Visceral Fat
  • Muscle Mass
  • Total Body Water
  • Bone Mass
  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Muscle Quality

The above is not an exhaustive list, but rather is meant to provide you with a general idea of the types of things that can be assessed using a body composition analysis. If you’re interested in learning more about your body and exactly how healthy you are operating inside, this could be the test for you. The sheer amount of information it offers is impressive, and when used to track progress in conjunction with a new exercise regimen and/or a new diet, it can really help provide in-depth information that allows you to see the kinds of positive changes you are effecting in your body.


Why is body composition analysis performed?

Body composition analysis is performed for a few different reasons. One of the most common reasons it is performed is in order to give individuals more insight into the composition of their body. This might not seem like particularly revelatory information, but you might be surprised at just how useful it is for individuals trying to improve their health and get into better physical shape.

For these individuals, this is an incredibly useful tool that provides in-depth information about things like the ratio of lean muscle tissue and fat in their bodies, the amount of water in their bodies (percentage), and even their basal metabolic rate. This knowledge can then help them to target specific issues for improvement and enabling them to tailor their exercise and diet accordingly.


What are the benefits of body composition analysis?

The benefits of body composition analysis really depend upon the individual in question and their goals for pursuing the tests in the first place. In general, the main benefit of the analysis is that it allows you to track the composition of your body over time. This means that you can track how certain foods and exercise routines are affecting your health and can see your progress (or lack thereof). It takes away the guesswork out of losing weight and achieving better health.


What are the disadvantages of body composition analysis?

There really are no disadvantages of body composition analysis. The test doesn’t impact your health on its own, so you’re not risking your health by having the analysis performed. Additionally, more knowledge about your health is never a bad thing and body composition analysis offers a great deal of valuable information. If you’re interested in learning more about your body and your health, there’s not real reason not to opt for the analysis.


Who benefits the most from body composition analysis?

The people who benefit the most from a body composition analysis are those who are serious about understanding their health and their bodies. These individuals will be able to track minute changes in their bodies and use this information to help better their overall health. If you are interested in better understanding why a certain type of exercise works or doesn’t work for your body, or exactly what your lean muscle mass to fat percentage is and what that means for your health, then body composition analysis can help. 


The Chiropractic office of Dr. Eric Teachout in Fort Myers, Florida proudly offers this option to our clients! If you are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to reach out for additional information.