BMI Not an Accurate Measure of Health!
At 12% body fat and I’m considered overweight?
Imagine the surprise when you see your BMI (body mass index) is over 30 (which is considered overweight) with 12% body fat!
Even though insurance companies and doctors worldwide use Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine health, this may not be an accurate way to gauge your vitality. “A new study shows that 54 million Americans whose BMI classes them as overweight and obese are in perfect health according to cardio-metabolic measures, while 21 million whose BMI puts them in the normal category are unhealthy,” according to Medical News Today. Read more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/306129.php
Many of the healthy athletes we see in our office would be considered overweight or even obese by their BMI because they carry so much muscle weight. A better way to measure your health is through body composition analysis using the Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA). BIA measures body fat in relation to lean body mass. This ratio is an integral part of nutrition and health assessment. This test is also a great way to measure progress in weight loss or muscle gain. If you lost 5 lbs on the scale, was it five lbs of water, muscle or fat? Is your metabolism slowing down or speeding up? The BIA can let you know!
We can perform a BIA test on you in just a few minutes in our office and then we can discuss your results and how you can reach your optimal level of health. If you would like more information on BIA testing please see our information guide here: BIA
To schedule your appointment for a BIA test call us 818-345-0600. Mention this article and get $5 off your test.
PS- BIA also lets you know if you have a healthy mineral balance and are well hydrated!