20 February, 2024

Personalized Weight Management Using Technology

Have you been told that the body mass index (BMI) was the best way to determine your optimal weight? However, this measure does not consider visceral fat, skeletal muscle mass, total body fat, or water weight. Therefore, an individual may have a normal weight by BMI standards but metabolically unhealthy with elevated visceral fat or may be considered overweight by BMI calculation, but actually have very low visceral fat and a large percentage of skeletal muscle mass.

We now have more detailed measures to help delineate body composition such as indirect calorimetry, DEXA scans, BODPOD, Inbody Bioimpedance Test, in other words, InBody scan to go beyond the scale. In this blog post, we will discuss InBody Bioimpedance test and how we use this InBody test to help create a customized plan for each patient.

What Is the InBody Bioelectrical Impedance Test?

The InBody Bio-Impedance Test also known as InBody scan and InBody test is a non-invasive, quick test that provides a wealth of information beyond your weight. It provides a detailed breakdown of crucial components such as:

  • Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
  • Visceral Fat
  • Muscle Mass
  • Total Body Fat Mass
  • Water Weight

How Does It Work?

InBody scan sends electrical currents through the water in the body by the individual’s contact with the machine’s electrodes to measure impedance. This measure allows for the delineation of muscle, bone, and fat. By using 8 different electrodes, the device is able to provide segmental measurements of the arms, legs, and torso separately.

Prior to the Inbody, the gold standard was the much more expensive DEXA scan (dual x-ray absorptiometry) which is not used routinely for the indication of obesity, but rather to test for bone density. Therefore, InBody validated its technology by comparing measurements to that of the DEXA scan.

How Accurate Is Inbody Scan?

Prior to the InBody test, the gold standard was the much more expensive DEXA scan (dual x-ray absorptiometry) which is not used routinely for the indication of obesity, but rather to test for bone density. Therefore, InBody validated its technology by comparing measurements to that of the DEXA scan.

Use in Obesity Practice

The data from the InBody test, provides us with an objective baseline to create goals for nutrition and fitness that are exclusively designed for each individual. For example, we may work on visceral fat reduction to also help with the reversal of diabetes and fatty liver disease with dietary changes or to increase skeletal muscle mass, we may focus on increased protein intake and added weight-bearing activity. These objective measures are helpful to show improvements and motivate patients to keep going!

Monitoring Changes Over Time

We know that the weight loss journey differs for each person. Sometimes, patients notice body changes but the scale may remain the same, which is frustrating. But, with a regular InBody test, we can monitor changes in fat mass and muscle mass over time to show that changes are happening. This also allows us to adjust recommendations based on evolving needs. It’s a dynamic approach to health management that ensures long-term success.

At Gut Theory, we try not to give the scale too much power. We believe in non-scale wins and overall improvements in health with reduced fat mass and increased skeletal muscle mass. The InBody scan empowers us to recognize the intricacies of each individual’s body composition, allowing for a truly personalized and effective weight management journey. Join us as we revolutionize the way you approach health and wellness.

Ready to take the first step? Schedule your initial visit today!

See you soon,
Dr. Laster

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