How Important Is Body Composition?

 

Let’s take a look at a 24 year old running back in the NFL, 5 feet, 11 inches and 215 pounds.  The Body Mass Index (“BMI”) of that person is 30.0 Now, change the person to a 62 year old doctor, 5 feet 11 inches, 215 pounds.  The BMI is 30….the same as the football player.

 

Now, let’s have both men take off their shirts and compare:  Most likely the football player has 6-pack abs and muscles bulging everywhere as opposed to the doctor that has a large amount of fat in his abdomen and chest area.  If we placed both men on our Inbody composition scale, the football player is likely to have a percentage body fat of less than 10% whereas the doctor may well be in the 40-plus percent body fat.

 

Our bodies are composed of water, muscle, bone/cartilage, fat, hormones, gases, etc.  Having a low body fat percentage is much healthier from a cardiovascular standpoint. We should all strive to have a low percentage body fat.  How to get there? Well, the formula sounds simple to understand, yet challenging to follow: Dietary plans based on high protein/low carb/low fat and exercise to increase muscle mass.

 

During your long-term weight control journey it is important to monitor your body composition in addition to the weight alone.  PLEASE come out and visit us for your FREE monthly body scans. Knowing your body composition provides much more information as to how your approach is working.

Watch a Video How To Use SP BMI Machine

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Do Probiotics Impact On Weight Control?

Will probiotics help you lose and then control weight?  My answer is that the use of these will not hurt, but your money is much better spent on high protein/low carb foods that will for sure impact positively on your weight control efforts.

Best Vacation Spots?

If you are still deciding what to do/where to go for you/your family vacation, keep in mind that you can still plan a very fun time in venues/places that will be less challenging for your long-term goal to be healthy/happy to enjoy many more vacations.

Healthy Eating Vacation Recipe and Tips

Summer vacation is filled with all kinds of fun activities we look forward to all year long, but the one thing we all look forward to most is the beach rental where we can cook our own healthy meal.

When Will The Medical Community “Get It”?

Know what your hemoglobin A1C is and if this is above normal, re-invigorate your weight control efforts and if successful, you will most likely need the endocrinologists and the medications that are certain to follow.

How Healthy Are Fruits?

Certain fruits contain more sugar than others. Check out our dietary plan booklet for our suggestions as to the portions of each fruit that should be considered.