Comparing Body Composition Measurement Devices

Would you love an accurate way to measure and track your body’s changes?

 

Unfortunately there is an inherent measurement of error with most tracking devices. Some are more accurate that others, those accurate ones are often a little harder to come by and not exactly easy to complete. Let’s compare a few…

 

DEXA -Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry

This method is more precise accurate, and reliable than most others. DEXA measurements are based on a three compartmental model total body mineral (from bones), fat-free soft (lean) mass, and fat tissue mass rather than two compartment as in most other methods. DEXA can also distinguish regional as well as whole body parameters of body composition. As such, it is considered a reference standard, and the latest body composition research uses this method.

The major disadvantage here being the equipment is expensive, large and non-mobile, can become daunting for those who may feel claustrophobic and often requires trained radiology personnel to operate.

 

BIA – Bio-Electrical Impedance.

This method of body composition analysis is very simple and quick to perform, and if you have the right equipment can be done at home. Reliability being the major flaw in this, it can be up to a 10% variance. Too much in my view. The impedance measure is affected by body hydration status, body temperature, time of day, and therefore requires well controlled conditions to get accurate and reliable measurements. If a person is dehydrated, the amount of fat will likely be overestimated. Bio-electric impedance analysis is based on the principle that the resistance to an applied electric current is related to the amount of fat-free mass within the body. This method does not take into account the location of body fat.

 

Hydrostatic Weighing

Underwater weighing is the most widely used test of body density and in the past was the criterion measure for other indirect measures most often completed at Institute of Sports or similar athletic location. This was once the gold standard. You can guess many of the disadvantages here. The equipment required to do underwater weighing is expensive, we don’t all have a pool to dunk yourself into. The tanks are mostly located at university or other research institutions, and there is generally not easy access for the general population.

 

What about Fit3D?

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words. The Fit3D gives you three-dimensional picture of your body, You have a three-dimensional picture of yourself detailing exactly how your body looks. You will have your very own avatar that comes complete with all the measurements taken from the scan. Numbers are great but we all respond better to a visual image to go along with it.

Taking a selfie in the mirror is great but imagine being able to capture that image in 3D? You can overlay one on top of the other to really see the changes that are being made. It is a very cool option that this new scan can provide. You can see where the hard work is going!

Before using the Fit3D, we would use pictures and a tape measure to track progress. While we still incorporate this, The Fit3D is another tool to improve the assessment process. The scan takes approximately 40 seconds, and measures the exact place on your body every time you do a scan; the same way every time.

 

Who is the Fit3D to ideal for?

? People focusing on FAT LOSS
? Tracking MUSCLE and any BODY changes
? Tracking body changes during PREGNANCY
? Anyone needing ACCOUNTABILITY with their health goals.

 

“If you can measure it you can manage it.”