Body Composition monitors are designed for healthier living by giving you an insight into how key health indicators are changing with changes in your lifestyle.
Using Body Composition Analysis you can;
Body Composition Analysis is a helpful and empowering tool for those who are serious about feeling better and living healthier.
This feature indicates the rating of visceral fat in your body. Visceral fat is the fat that is in the internal abdominal cavity, surrounding the vital organs in the trunk (abdominal) area. Research shows that even if your weight and body fat remains constant, as you get older the distribution of fat changes and is more likely to shift to the trunk area especially post menopause. Healthy levels of visceral fat may reduce the risk of certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and the onset of type 2 diabetes. The Tanita Body Composition Analyser will provide you with a visceral fat rating from 1 – 59.
Rating from 1 to 12
Indicates that you have a healthy level of visceral fat. Continue monitoring your rating to ensure that it stays within the healthy range.
Rating from 13 – 59
Indicates that you have an excess level of visceral fat. Consider making changes in your lifestyle possibly through diet changes and/ or increased exercise.
This feature assesses your physique according to the ratio of body fat and muscle mass in your body. As you become more active and reduce the amount of body fat, your physique rating will also change accordingly. Even though your weight may not change, your muscle mass and body fat levels may be changing, making you healthier and at lower risk of certain diseases. Each person should set their own goal of which physique they would like and follow a health and fitness program to meet that goal.
Body fat percentage is the amount of body fat as a proportion of your overall body weight.
Reducing excess levels of body fat has been shown to reduce the risk of certain conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Measuring weight alone or even relying on BMI is not an accurate assessment of health or fitness, because it doesn’t distinguish kilograms that come from fat and kilograms that come from lean muscle mass. A certain percentage of body fat is necessary for everyone, however high levels of fat results in obesity, one of the most concerning health issues in Australia.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is the simplest and most common method of determining if someone is the recommended weight for their height and gender. The method, though widely used, does not distinguish between muscle and fat and is therefore limited in it’s application. Despite these limitations, BMI is a helpful guide when considered in the context of other body composition information.
Body water percentage is the total amount of fluid in a person’s body expressed as a percentage of their total weight.
Water plays a vital role in many of the body’s processes and is found in every cell, tissue and organ. Maintaining a healthy body water percentage will ensure the body functions efficiently and will reduce the risk of developing associated health problems. Your body water levels naturally fluctuate throughout the day and night. There are differences in fluid distribution between day and night and your body tends to be dehydrated after a long night. Eating large meals, drinking alcohol, menstruation, illness, exercising, and bathing may cause variations in your hydration levels.
Your body water percentage reading should act as a guide and should not be used to specifically determine your absolute recommended body water percentage. Drinking a large quantity of water in one sitting will not instantly change your water level. In fact, it will increase your body fat reading due to the additional weight gain.
Please monitor all readings over time to track the relative change. Every individual varies but as a guide the average body water percentage ranges for a healthy adult are:
Female: 45 to 60%
Male: 50 to 65%
Note: You must meet these levels of hydration to receive accurate readings on a Tanita body composition monitor.
The body water percentage will tend to decrease as the percentage of body fat increases. A person with a high percentage of body fat may fall below the average body water percentage. As you lose body fat the total body water percentage should gradually move towards the typical range given above.
This feature indicates the weight of muscle in your body. The muscle mass displayed includes the skeletal muscles, smooth muscles (such as cardiac and digestive muscles) and the water contained in these muscles.
Muscles play an important role as they act as an engine in consuming energy. As your muscle mass increases, your energy consumption increases helping you to reduce excess body fat levels and lose weight in a healthy way.
Metabolic Age is a calculation of your BMR and indicates the average age associated with that type of metabolism. If your BMR Age is higher than your actual age, it is an indication that you need to improve your metabolic rate.
Increased exercise will build healthy muscle tissue, which will improve your metabolic age. You will obtain a reading between 12 and 90.
Daily Calorie Intake is the amount of calories you can consume within 24 hours and still maintain your current weight.
Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the minimum level of energy your body needs when at rest for your respiratory, circulatory and neural system, liver, kidneys and other organs to function effectively. A person with a high BMR can burn more calories at rest than a person with a low BMR. BMR is based on the level of muscle mass.
This feature indicates the predicted weight of bone mineral in the body. Research has shown that certain types of exercise are related to stronger, healthier bones. While bone structure is unlikely to make noticeable changes in a short period, it is important that you develop and maintain healthy bones by having a balanced diet and plenty of exercise.
People worried about bone disease should consult their physician. People who suffer from osteoporosis or low bone densities due to advanced age, pregnancy, menopause, hormonal treatment or other causes, may not receive accurate estimations of their bone mass. However, it needs to be considered that Tanita’s body composition monitors do not directly measure bone density.