A Complete Guide To Body Composition Scales: Free guide
This entry was posted on 14/08/2019.
Body composition scales are invaluable if you want to improve your health and fitness.
Whilst weighing scales are essential tools for monitoring your overall weight, for a much more detailed report on how healthy your body is, you need to understand your body composition.
Knowing your body composition measurements allows you to make much more informed decisions when it comes to improving your diet and your fitness regime. These measurements will provide readings that, when tracked over a period of time, will tell you if the changes you are making to your diet and your fitness regime are really making a difference.
Weighing scales will tell if you’re losing weight of course. But remember that muscle weighs more than fat - and if you’re increasing muscle mass, for example, you’ll not get a realistic picture of your body health from a weighing scale alone.
That’s why we’ve created A Complete Guide to Body Composition Scales. Using this guide, which you can download here, you can get more from your scale and make many small but important changes to your diet and lifestyle that will be reflected in your body composition readings, and your health.
What is body composition?
Body composition is what your body is made of. Your body is composed of elements such as fat, protein, muscle and water.
Measuring and tracking your body composition allows you to more accurately make important changes to your diet and training. For example, body composition scales allow you to measure your Protein Mass. Muscles require protein to grow, so by keeping on top of your protein intake you can in turn build Muscle Mass.
A combination of readings like those provided by body composition scales will provide a more rounded idea of body health than merely weight or BMI.
What do body composition scales measure?
The best body composition scales typically measure Fat Mass, Body Fat Percentage, Total Body Water, Muscle Mass and BMI, amongst other readings.
For dieticians, personal trainers and slimming group leaders, as well as many other professionals, body composition scales are a vital tool for understanding body health and can inform much better lifestyle and diet changes. They can also help to prevent health issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
How is body composition measured?
Typically, body composition scales, like those available from Marsden, use bioelectric impedance analysis. A very small, harmless electric current is delivered through the body. Then, the resistance that the current comes up against allows a calculation for body composition readings.
For example, electricity travels more easily through water, and this is how the scale determines Total Body Water. Less resistance - a higher Total Body Water reading.
Download the free guide
Our new PDF guide can be downloaded below. The guide includes all the readings available from the Marsden MBF-6000 and MBF-6010 scales, which you can see here.
For more information contact the Marsden team here.