I have just had my Body composition Analysis done, & the results are interesting so I will do another post on the results.
So WHY do I need to know my body composition?
One of the reasons is that it gives me a good overall picture of my body. Not just my weight but other areas such as body water, protein, minerals, muscle mass as well as body fat & particularly the fat I carry on the inside, not what you see on the outside.
I also have an underactive thyroid, which means my metabolism is not always functioning at optimal levels and I can & do put on weight in the blink of an eye.
My weight increase is usually in the form of belly fat. The problem with belly fat is that although it is easy to see & feel it can also be made up of hidden fat, called visceral fat, which is stored around our internal organs meaning we are exposed to a higher risk of chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.
The body composition analysis is great tool but there is also a simple test you can do which is an indicator of your fat distribution and that is your waist to hip ratio. Your waist measurement is divided by your hip measurement and a reading over .80 for women or 1.00 for men could be an indication of increased health risks.