Scales can ultimately only tell you one thing – your weight -that’s what they are designed to do. This can often leave you confused and disappointed because you think you are not achieving your body composition goals… …but what if you are but don’t know it?
Bio Impedance Analysis allows you to take ‘weight’ reading that vital step further.
What is BioImpedance Analysis?
Obesity and Fat Loss are the number one health concerns of the new millennium with over five million Australians considered overweight and two million more considered obese. But while there are many diets and programs designed to lose weight, most patients struggle to lose fat and keep it off. One of the main reasons given for this is lack of motivation and progress. That’s where the BIA comes in.
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Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis or BioImpedance Analysis (BIA) is a method of assessing your “body composition” the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. Research has shown that your body composition is directly related to your health. A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health, vitality and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, being overweight or obese, can greatly increase your risks to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. The BIA allows us to monitor and detect imbalances in your body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention. The BIA also serves to measure your progress as you work to improve your health and correct your body composition.
How Does the BIA work?
The BIA is much more sophisticated than your bathroom scales, but just as painless and almost as quick. The BIA uses a small electrical signal that is circulated through your body. The BIA measures the impedance or resistance to the electrical signal as it travels through the water that is found in your muscle and fat. The more muscle a person has, the more water their body can hold. The greater the amount of water in a person’s body, the easier it is for the current to pass through it. The more fat, the more resistance to the current. The BIA is safe and it does not hurt. In fact, the signal used cannot be felt at all, either by an adult or child.
What Happens During the BIA Test?
Your practitioner will measure your height and weight as well as take your wrist and waist measurements. Then while you are lying down, electrodes are attached to various parts of your body and a small electric signal is circulated. This information along with your height, weight and measurements are fed into a sophisticated computer system, which will then deliver a comprehensive report detailing vital information on your body including:
Body compositionFat Mass & Fat RatioMuscle & Active Tissue Mass Ratio
Hydration LevelsIntraCellular WaterExtraCellular Water
Phase AngleCellular Fluid BalanceBiological Age Marker
Basal Metabolic Rate
From this valuable information your naturopath or nutritionist can recommend a personalised dietary plan, nutritional supplements, and exercise to help you support optimal health and well being for a lifetime.
A comprehensive BIA test including biological age assessment is $88 and take 30 minutes at Vital Chi Wellness.
As a special offer, BIA is included for free in when having an initial Corrective care Naturopathic or Nutrition Consult.