You can now get more out of your MBF body composition scale

A body composition scale tells you more about your body health than a standard weighing scale: it provides information on individual elements such as water, fat and your metabolism.

Marsden body composition scales, when tested, were within 3% of the DEXA ‘gold standard’ of body composition.

Their highly useful readings - like body fat percentage, fat mass, fat free mass, basal metabolic rate and total body water - to give you a complete picture of your body. You can read what each reading tells you here.

This month, we have updated our body composition scales, and they now provide more body composition readings than ever. But what are they and what do they mean? This blog post explains.

BM - Bone Mineral content

This is the measure of bone mineral found in the body. A higher bone mineral content indicates a higher bone density and strength.

MM - Muscle Mass

Muscle mass includes the weight of muscles in the body. When the body builds muscles, it burns energy and fat. As muscle mass increases, the faster the body is able to burn calories and energy. This increases your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which helps the body lose weight.

PM - Protein Mass

Protein mass is the total amount of protein in the body. A lack of protein can be linked to an increase in body fats.

ECW - Extracellular Water

Extracellular water is the water which is found outside cells which helps particular tissue to function well. Nutrients and other supplements are served to membrane-bound cells - including sodium, potassium, calcium, chlorides and bicarbonates. ECW makes up 45% of total body water.

ICW - Intracellular Water

ICW is the water usually found inside cells that possesses dissolved ions and some other components that are important in the cellular process. This represents 55% of total body water.

SM - Skeletal Muscle 

Skeletal muscle mass is the only type of muscle which can be actively grown through exercise and nutrition. SM is a part of Lean Body Mass, and an increase in Skeletal Muscle Mass is an increase of Lean Body Mass. The only way to test whether skeletal muscle mass is increasing is to get body composition analysed.

VFA level - Visceral Fat Area level

Visceral fat is the area of body fat surrounding the waist. A high level of visceral fat can lead to serious health issues. Visceral fat wraps around major organs like the liver, pancreas and kidney - ensuring there is some distance between each organ. A high amount of visceral fat can lead to high blood pressure.

AGEM - Metabolic Age

The AGEM is your Basal Metabolic Rate compared to the average BMR for your age group. It will thereby estimate your age in years.

Health score

Health score is calculated out of 100 using height, age, weight and gender information - as well as impedance of limbs and trunk.

The MBF-6000 and MBF-6010 are both supplied with a printer with readings displayed in a list format on the print-out after the user steps on the scale.

Read how this MBF scale is used in non-league football.

You can read out what makes a healthy body composition with this poster. Gyms can download a body fat poster for their premises here. You can find out all you need to know about BMI here.

For more information about body composition readings, call 01709 364296 or contact us here.

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