Although you might have heard of body composition, you might not understand what it refers to and why it’s so important.
Body composition tells us what the body is made up of, looking at everything from water, body fat to lean muscle mass.
There are several reasons why body composition is important. After all, measuring body composition allows us to improve our health, fitness and quality of life. Unlike simply measuring weight, understanding body composition lets us put together meaningful plans on how to reach our fitness and health goals going forward.
To help you find out more, in this guide, Bodystat look closer at what body composition is and why it’s so important.
What is body composition?
As we have mentioned, body composition describes what our bodies are made up of. This tells us the proportion of fat as well as non-fat mass in the body.
So, what are the differences between the two?
Body fat is found in under the skin or around the organs. Although ‘essential fats’ are necessary to provide us with energy, protect organs and regulate important hormones, some people can have an excess of non-essential body fat. This can cause a variety of problems for the body, including obesity, tiredness, diabetes and heart failure.
Non-fat mass, or lean tissue, on the other hand, refers to our bones, muscles, organs, tissues and water. These are the things which burn calories for energy, which body fat does not do.
Body composition measures these elements to tell us what are bodies are made up of. It shows us changes in fat, muscle mass and body fat percentage. This helps us understand our health levels and where we need to improve.
What about BMI?
Many of those considering losing weight or measuring how healthy they are will start by calculating their Body Mass Index (BMI.)
However, BMI is not the best way to accurately monitor your health. After all, BMI is worked out as someone’s weight divided by their height squared. BMI does not measure how much excess fat we hold opposed to bone and muscle.
Nowadays, BMI is widely considered as simplified and outdated.
Measuring body composition, on the other hand, is a far more effective way to analyse body measurements including body fat percentage, water percentage and lean mass.
So, if you are looking to improve your health and fitness, it’s always better to focus on body composition over BMI.
Why is body composition important?
There are several reasons why understanding body composition is key.
Firstly, it is crucial for those looking to develop their fitness.
As we have discussed, unlike a BMI calculator which does not differentiate between fat and muscle mass, a body composition test can accurately measure the quantity of fat, lean muscle and water you have in your body.
Being able to track measurements as you lose fat or develop muscle plays a crucial role in planning your fitness regime and reaching peak performance.
The more you understand about your body composition, the easier it is to create a plan to loose excess fat and build up muscle.
Understanding your body composition also helps to ensure that you don’t lose too much fat, which can equally cause a range of problems for the body.
Understanding your body composition is also important when it comes to health.
After all, it is recognised that too much body fat can be a serious health risk, leading to problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type two diabetes and a range of other conditions.
Body composition plays an important role in understanding your health and wellness, measuring the differences between leanness and too much fat. This allows you to accurately assess your health and plan your lifestyle and diet accordingly.
How to measure body composition
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