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An Informative Guide to Body Composition

Body composition describes the amount of fat, bone, water, and muscle in the body. Body composition analysis is a method of describing what the body is made of and distinguishing between fats, proteins, minerals, and body water to give you an idea of your health.

This is the second body composition scanning series in which I discuss different ways to measure your body composition. Keep in mind that body composition gives a MUCH better picture of your health, fitness level, and progress than a scale but that doesn't mean it's accurate.

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The main reasons for measuring body composition are to monitor body fat loss and muscle growth as a result of exercise and to provide baseline data for dietary advice and obesity treatment. 

Here are the two easiest tools to measure:

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA): Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) is a relatively inexpensive but less accurate method for estimating body fat percentage.

Skinfold measurement or vernier caliper: The skinfold assessment method is based on the skinfold test, in which patches of skin are accurately measured with calipers at several standard points on the body to determine the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer (just under the skin). 

I hope this explains how body composition is measured and determined. My main opinion is that every measurement you get is just an estimate. Your body fat can be up to 10% lower or higher. Please consider this before stressing your results.