It’s the New Year, and just like last year, losing weight is this year’s most popular New Year’s resolution. You may think being thin is your surest path to health.

But have you thought about your body composition lately?

"Body composition is a measurement of a person’s fat mass and fat-free (lean) mass. Testing your body composition can be a great way to monitor and reach realistic health and fitness goals,” says Traci Thompson, MS, Director of PEAK Health & Wellness at the University of Utah.

Losing Weight vs. Healthy Body Composition

You’ve probably heard it over and over: If you want to be healthy, lose weight!

But when it comes to preventing heart disease and early death, it’s actually more important to be fit than skinny.

"Having a healthy body composition isn’t just about losing weight. Studies show that being fit is more important than how much you weigh when it comes to lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality," explains Thompson.

Fat vs. Muscle Mass

When you lose weight, you will probably also lose muscle mass. But being thin doesn't necessarily mean you have a low body fat percentage.

Body composition measures the percentage of fat compared to fat-free mass (muscle, bone, and water) in your body.

The key is to have a healthy ratio of fat to muscle. Skeletal muscle and bone density help you perform daily activities and prevent diseases like osteoporosis.

Physical activity paired with a healthy diet can help you lose weight and achieve a body composition that’s healthy for you. Even moderate exercise—30 minutes most days of the week—can bring big health benefits.

How Is Body Composition Measured?

To know your body composition, you can get yourself a BodyPedia Smart Scale, which is a professional body composition analyzer at home.Using 8-point tactile electrodes, 3-frequency currents, 5-segmental measurement, top human modeling and AI learning algorithm technology,More than 10,000 tests comparing with medical devices show BodyPedia Smart Scales have around 97% correlation to  the Gold Standard method (DXA).

The table below shows the body fat percentage that’s generally considered healthy:





Risky (low body fat)



Very lean









Excess fat



Risky (high body fat)


A Benchmark For Health

Body composition is one of the best indicators of overall health. “It can decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic disease, osteoporosis, and other diseases,” explains Thompson.

A healthy body composition can also:

  • improve ability to perform day-to-day activities,
  • increase energy,
  • and help maintain cognitive function and decrease stress.

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