Manage your progress with BMI
Body Mass Index scales gather muscle mass, body fat percentage, composition for various body parts and gives recommendations based on this information.
How often should I complete a BMI?
Since the BMI results track changes over time, we test every 90 days and provide you with results. If you would like to test more often, just let your clinic team know that you would like to complete a BMI at your visit.
How is this information used?
Physical health and activity are important factors in recovering from injuries and pain management. Once you pursue more physical activity and a healthy diet, the physical composition of your body will change. The BMI information is a benchmark used by you and your provider to measure progress in this regard. Every time you complete a BMI, not only are the results of that test displayed, but also all prior results. This makes it easier to visualize progress.
Body Composition Analysis
Starting from the top, you have Total Body Water. This shows how much of your weight is made up of water. Below Total Body Water is Dry Lean Mass (DLM). This is the weight of the protein and mineral content in the body. Because muscle is made up of mostly protein, and DLM by definition excludes body water, if you see an increase in DLM, then generally this is seen as a sign that you have gained muscle. Below DLM is Body Fat Mass. This reports the body fat in the person testing.
This section makes it simple for you to get a general idea about your current overall body composition. The percentages above the bar graphs allow you to compare to others of the same height and gender. While the healthy range varies based on the parameter, the 100% mark indicates the healthy average for your height and gender. So, if the weight bar increased to 130%, this would mean that you’re 30% above average. Similarly, if your weight bar extended to 70%, this would mean that you have 30% less mass than is considered the healthy average for their height.
Muscle-Fat Analysis has three components:
Total Body Weight
SKELETAL MUSCLE MASS (SMM)
The total weight of your Skeletal Muscle. These are the muscles that can be grown and developed through exercise. You can view an increase in SMM as actual muscle gain.
BODY FAT MASS
This is how much body fat you have.
The Muscle-Fat Analysis also tells you if you have a healthy balance of SMM and Body Fat Mass in respect to his or her weight.
Everybody’s goals are different, but in general you want the three measures to line up in the healthy zone, forming an I, or form a D (see images below). A D indicates that you have a muscular physique.
In this section, you’ll see a set of ranges for BMI and Percent Body Fat (PBF). For BMI, 18.5 –24.99 kg/m2 is the normal range according to the World Health Organization, presented on the Results Sheet.
For PBF, the ranges differ for men and women, as women tend to carry more body fat than men due to their reproductive system as well as genetics. For men, the healthy range is between 10-20%. For women, the healthy range is between 18-28%. Use this information to drive health goals, working to get or stay in the PBF healthy range for your gender.
Body Composition History
Body Composition History automatically tracks some of the most important body composition metrics. This makes it easy to identify trends over time. If your results look like the above example, the current exercise and/or diet regimen you’ve adopted would appear to be effective. Your SMM is going up (muscle has increase) while PBF has gone down (you’ve lost fat). Even though weight has gone up, you’ve added muscle and lost fat, overall a positive result! Based on your results over time you may decide to keep your diet and exercise the same or modify to achieve your goals.
Segmental Lean Analysis
The top section shows how much Lean Body Mass in pounds is in a segment of your body.
The bottom section compares your Lean Body Mass against your measured body weight. This shows whether you have enough Lean Body Mass to support your own body weight, where 100% = sufficient.
This section can show you which area(s) you should focus on increasing your Lean Body Mass. This will help you achieve a more balance body composition and may have other positive effects, such as body fat reduction, as well.
Body Fat-Lean Body Mass Control
These recommendations are meant to be general guidelines for helping individuals achieve optimal health. However, you may have your own set of goals, and these should be taken into account when planning your diet and routine.
Basal Metabolic Rate
The Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR, is the number of calories you need to maintain your basic essential functions. This value allows you to guide your nutritional plans, which is essential to helping you reach your body composition goals.
You may think that your BMR is the number of calories they should eat in a day – This is NOT the case! BMR does not take into account any calories needed to perform daily activities, and so your actual caloric need for the day is likely much higher than their BMR. Ie BMR does not include the calories necessary for physical activity, exercise, an active lifestyle or job.