Weighing yourself at home tells you very little. It doesn’t take into account your age, your gender or even your height? So how do you know if it’s the right weight for you? You don’t.
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) is an essential tool to monitor progress of body composition changes. I use a medically accredited Tanita scales which allows me to track and monitor changes in your body composition as you become fitter and/or lose weight.
When you stand on a Tanita body composition monitor, your feet will be positioned on metal electrodes. A very low, safe electrical signal will be sent through your body. The signal passes quickly through the water held in hydrated muscle tissue but meets resistance when it meets fat tissue. This resistance, also known as 'impedance', is measured and set against gender, age and height and input into scientifically validated equations that will calculate body composition measurements. Measures analysed include weight, body mass index (BMI), percentage body fat, visceral fat, muscle mass and metabolic age. All individuals will be provided with an individual printout of their result.
Anyone can buy a BIA but it takes skill and experience to interpret and explain the results. Qualified dietitians have training and experienced in this field.