Wouldn’t it be cool to find out how much fat is melting away with all of your hard work? Now you can!
Iowa Weight Loss Specialists is proud to offer our patients access to body composition analysis via our body composition scales located at both our Belmond and West Des Moines offices. Body composition analysis will be performed at every office visit with results graphed, interpreted, and printed out for your records.
Body composition analysis has many advantages over standard methods of measurement such as body mass index (BMI). BMI is a ratio of weight to height developed in the mid 1800s. Although fairly reliable and reproducible, it cannot determine fat from muscle.
The high-tech, SECA Body Composition Scale offers a more detailed look into the type of weight an individual is carrying with the ability to differentiate between fat mass and fat-free mass. With any weight loss program, the goal is to reduce fat to gain health benefits.
Put simply, the scale sends an impulse through the body, and a computer can differentiate between the types of tissue present. The analysis can be done in approximately 20 seconds and provides information regarding hydration status, body fat percentage, total muscle weight, and an estimated resting metabolic rate.