Six-pack abs and tight rear ends—that’s the image the media and fitness industry is selling.
We have seen too many people engage in unhealthy and downright absurd maneuvers to achieve it. Achieving an optimal body composition will be fairly easy now. That’s because you discovered your genetic potential in our assessment and we provided the weight loss blueprint with a healthy method.
What does the number on the weight scale really mean? In regards to your overall health, weight is not nearly as important as the composition of that weight. More importantly, rather than tracking weight, we should be aware of our body composition. Stepping on a weight scale simply tells us the combined weight of all our body’s tissues. That weight may fluctuate throughout the day depending on the time of day, hydration status, or what we are wearing.
In contrast, body composition reveals the relative proportions of fat and lean mass in the body. Fat mass consist of two types of fat: essential and nonessential fat. The second component of body composition, lean mass, refers to bones, tissues, organs, and muscle.
A body composition within the recommended range suggests you have less risk of developing specific diseases and even some cancers. In addition, although we face risks when our body composition is too high, we face another set of risks when our body composition is too low. When we drop below the minimal recommended levels of essential fat, we negatively affect the delivery of vitamins to the organs, the ability of the reproductive system to function, and our overall well-being.
Measure your Cellular Health with Phase Angle
Your phase angle is calculated using the measurements of resistance and reactance, which are indicators of your cellular health independent of weight. As your body ages, the phase angle tends to decline. Therefore, phase angle can also be used as a marker to track your physiological aging in the body and to assess if you are aging well or prematurely aging.
- Bioelectrical Impedance (BI) is composed of resistance and reactance which creates a mathematical ratio, called “phase angle”
- Phase Angle (PA) measures the health of the cells of the body
- Range of PA is 0 to 15 degrees – the higher the degree, the healthier the cells.
It is important to note that phase angle is dependent on patient individuality. Therefore, measurements are done by comparing your phase angle to previous readings. Any increase is seen as an improvement in cellular functioning of the body. The major lifestyle factors that can affect phase angle are:
- Mental or emotional stress
- Excessive physical stress
- Inadequate sleep
- Toxicity exposure
- Processed foods
- Lack of vegetable intake
- Lack of adequate water intake
- Excessive coffee and alcohol intake
- Excessive sugar intake
- Lack of exercise or movement
- Frequent skipping of meals
- Pharmaceutical or recreational drug use
How can we determine your Phase Angle & Body Composition?
We measure your body composition using a bioimpedance analysis (BIA) which is a measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. The principle behind this technique is that fat contains little water; most of the body’s water is in the lean compartment. Therefore, when an electrical current encounters fat, there is more resistance. By measuring how easily currents move through the body, body fat can be estimated.
What can you do with your BIA results?
Measurements are taken with the bioimpedance device, which uses electrodes similar to EKG electrodes. The analyzer calculates your tissue and fluid compartments and very accurately assesses Phase Angle (PA), Percent Body Fat (PBF), Body Mass Index (BMI), Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), Waist Hip Ratio (WHR), Lean Body Mass (LBM), and Fat Body Mass (FBM). It is an important part of any comprehensive health and nutrition assessment and serves to measure your progress as you improve your cellular health, lose weight, and improve your health.
We will share the recent research which suggests that body comp is actually controlled by your hormones! Researchers have gradually uncovered a sophisticated system in the brain that regulates body fat. This system works a lot like your home thermostat, which detects temperature using a thermometer, and keeps it close to a specific temperature using heat and air conditioning.
Similarly, a “fat thermostat” or “fatostat” in the brain detects how much fat you carry using hormones such as insulin and leptin, and attempts to keep body fat relatively stable by adjusting food intake and energy expenditure. We will tap into your “fatostat” and modify its settings by using your genetic blueprint.
The results from your body composition assessment will be used to identify risks and personalize your Wellness Warrior Rx. We provide personalized guidance to improve your phase angle and body composition with metabolic strategies and conduct multiple measurements throughout your program so you can witness successful weight loss and a measurable improvement in your body comp.