Understanding your body composition goes far beyond putting numbers to physical appearance. The amount of body fat and distribution of our body fat as well as your lean mass levels and water levels can tell us a lot about ones health and potential imbalances or health risks that may be present.
Body composition is linked to and can influence a number of areas:
Recently, there has been an increased awareness in relation to body composition and health. This has been demonstrated with the increased risk associated to complications with the likes of COVID-19.
The great news is that through changes to nutrition and lifestyle you can improve your body composition and lower your risk to many chronic diseases as well as complications with acute illnesses.
Knowing your starting point, creating an intervention and then tracking success can be a very motivational way to create lasting change.
At Steve Grant Health we have looked at a number of different devices and methodologies for assessing body composition. This included looking at research on specific devices, their accuracy as well as balancing it with the practicalities of repeat measurements, invasiveness of the methodology, exposure to radiation, cost and so forth.
Having looked at all these areas we decided to add the SECA mBCA 525 device to our clinic. This Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) device allows us to repeat tests at any frequency due to no radiation exposure, and at a significantly lower cost compared to the likes of DEXA and MRI.
The SECA mBCA 525 has an exceptionally high accuracy and repeatability compared to gold standard assessments of body composition, and the research data on the SECA device demonstrated it’s effectiveness vs all other forms of BIA such as the popular InBody Machines.
This device has impressive consistency with the respected gold standards of body composition assessment.
“The validated eight electrode, segmental multifrequency Seca mBCA is an accurate tool for measuring body composition”
“Due to its quick and non-invasive measuring procedure the Seca mBCA is a recommended tool for the estimation of body composition”
(Jensen & Kluckmann)
“When compared with DEXA, MRI-based BIA equations are more accurate for predicting muscle mass”.
(Westphal Et al, 2017)
The assessment covers the following areas of body composition and you will be presented with a PDF with your results in relation to norms and averages of similar populations accounting for gender, ethnicity etc:
Fat mass – as a percentage of the body and in Kg.
Skeletal Muscle Mass – This is represented as whole body in Kg and also segmented for left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg and torso. This allows you to also assess against your age and gender averages as well as see if there are any significant imbalances that might require adaptations to training to incorporate more unilateral (single arm/single leg) work.
Visceral Fat – This is the very problematic fat that accumulates around your organs, can increase inflammation and contribute to chronic disease. Managing this is crucial to optimal health and prevention of diseases like diabetes, heart disease and almost any inflammatory condition.
Total Body Water & Extracellular Water – This is important because water levels can fluctuate significantly, resulting in swings on the scales that we struggle to understand. Phases in your menstrual cycle, whether you are hydrated, are you eating low or high carbs, salt intake etc are all things that can make these numbers swing and make measurements on a simple set of scales a little crude and misleading.
Phase Angle – This looks at the number and health of somatic cells. Phase angle is established in the research for its ability to correlate with a person’s nutritional condition and general state of health.
Energy – Based upon your height and weight measurements your report will provide a guideline in relation to your resting energy expenditure and with some basic questioning we can predict what your total energy expenditure might be.
In addition to this we can create an additional PDF as a table to present multiple measurement results and also graphs to show trends in your results.Sample Report Comparison Table