The problem with just measuring body weight is we have no sense of body composition shifts. Although “a pound is a pound”, a pound of body fat looks different than a pound of muscle. A pound of muscle is denser and therefore “tighter” in appearance. More importantly, a pound of muscle is metabolically active, making transformation much easier as we age…
However, measuring body weight is far more precise at an affordable price point than measuring body fat. This is why the studio has invested in expensive “smart” fitness technology to help our clients assess their body composition so we can advise our clients better.
For example, if you’ve registered a loss of five pounds of body weight over a month, but all five pounds are from loss of muscle, the course of action nutritionally and fitness-wise should…would need to be corrected. On the other hand, if you lost 5.25 lbs of body fat and added 0.25 lb of muscle, we would exchange high-fives and stay the course.
When analyzing body composition, understand that your categorical assessments are based on gender and age as to what’s considered healthy, under-fat, over-fat, muscular, high – low metabolism, etc. These are averages to give you a sense of “where you stand”.
From a baseline assessment, though, we can monitor your progress individually via monthly assessments. This helps us understand sources of weight gain or loss, and fine-tune your nutrition and fitness appropriately.
Muscularity: Top green level = Muscular (higher = more muscular)
By segment: my trunk is more muscular than arms or legs (as indicated by “orange” level).
Even muscle mass from right to left.
Overall healthy (middle tier of green)
By segment, though, my trunk is “low body fat” (blue). Note: too low into the blue would be considered unhealthy (or temporary e.g. for contest)
45-60% is the healthy range for women. The more muscular your composition, the higher this will get. Your muscle weight includes water. Aesthetically, too, we want “full” vs “flat” (hard-looking) muscles.
Mine is “healthy/high” at the top tier of green.
This means to maintain my body weight on a rest day, my caloric intake should be approx 1397 cals.
Low (middle tier Blue; the lower the better)
To be “healthy”, your visceral (aka ” bad”) fat levels should be under 12.
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