We have had a number of clients asking about scheduling a company to come out and get body fat and composition tested so we have arranged for BodyAnalystics to come out 3 times throughout a 12 week period.
Cost? $49 for one, $80 for two or $120 for all 3. The idea is that you get a starting body composition and focus for 6 (or 12 weeks) and see the results after making the necessary changes in your nutrition and fitness. Which is why you get a break if you plan on getting 2 or 3 tests done.
When? You will have to reserve a time on a first-come basis
1st Testing Dates - April 7th from 5am-9am and from 5pm-8pm
2nd Testing Date - May 17th from 5am-9am and from 5pm-8pm
3rd Testing Date - June 30th from 5am-9am and from 5pm-8pm
Why Hydrostatic Testing?
What is body composition? Simply stated, it's what you're made of: the bones, blood, tissues, fat, water, and everything else that together comprise your body. Body Analytics uses a two part testing system that weighs lean mass (muscle, bones, tissue, water) and fat.
Why does body composition matter? Knowing your body composition allows you to accurately assess your health and wellness levels, and tells you precisely how your body changes in response to what you do.
Let's say you've lost five pounds. If it's five pounds of fat, that’s GREAT! But if it's five pounds of muscle that you've lost, you've probably decreased your strength and lowered the amount of calories you can intake on a daily basis. However, you would never really know how much of your weight loss is fat versus muscle without measurement of your body composition. That’s why we stress not using a home scale to gauge your overall health and progress.
Body composition is a more accurate indicator of health than BMI.
Body mass index (BMI) has traditionally been used as a proxy for an individual's health. Devised over 160 years ago, BMI is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. Based upon that calculation, a person is then categorized as underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.
Unfortunately BMI has some significant limitations. BMI is not a measure of actual body fat, but simply a ratio of weight and height. Because muscle weighs more than fat, very muscular individuals with low body fat are frequently incorrectly categorized as overweight or obese. Similarly, people who have high body fat percentages but have lost muscle tissue may appear healthier according to BMI because they lost muscle weight. Thus, by disregarding an individual's ratio of actual body fat to muscle tissue, BMI can be highly inaccurate in assessing an individual's level of fitness and health. Many health insurance companies still use BMI today and in turn health insurance costs go up because of the innacuarcy.
Visceral fat is a type of fat located in your belly, between your organs. Visceral fat is highly correlated with obesity-related diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In contrast, fat under the skin - known as subcutaneous fat - is not necessarily harmful to your health. It is quite possible for individuals who appear thin and have a healthy BMI to carry stores of high-risk visceral fat. Consequently, BMI can provide an inaccurate or misleading assessment of an individual's risks for obesity-related diseases and disorders. In fact, studies have found that waist size measurements are better correlated than BMI with type 2 diabetes, simply because waist size measurements account for the presence of visceral fat.
Body Analytics hydrostatic testing method helps take the guess work out of what you are really gaining or losing.
Hydrostatic Testing (Underwater Weighing) has become universally regarded by industry experts as the "Gold Standard" in body fat testing.
Body Analytics hydrostatic method uses a two component model which separates the body into 2 areas:
By obtaining your dry weight and water weight, based on buoyancy, our specialized computer program can scientifically calculate your body fat as a percentage of your total weight. The ordinary scale cannot tell you if weight loss is muscle or fat while testing with Body Analytics will tell you exactly what took place with your body during your weight loss regimen.
Your resting metabolic rate is the amount of calories your body burns while at rest.
This number is very important to know. Why? Well you have to take in enough calories to function normally; without the right amount of caloric intake your body goes into survival mode (starvation).
While in this mode your body slows down its metabolism and goes to the next best source for energy: muscle.
Sensing that you are under-eating, your body goes into fat storage mode; anything you eat will promptly be stored as fat.
The key to fat loss is to maintain your RMR and keep metabolism high. This will preserve muscle and allow your body to use carbohydrates and fat as its primary source of energy. Obviously the quality of calories you consume plays a major role in overall health.
Certain factors such as age, gender, and genetics help determine our metabolism. However there is hope because we can change or increase our activity level and thus increase our lean mass. Furthermore, muscle is metabolically active and the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism. Alternatively, extreme diets and excessive exercise can tear down your lean mass and lower your metabolism.
Bring a swimsuit and a towel. Change in the privacy of our dressing room located inside the lab.
Don’t eat anything 2 hours prior. Eating a big meal within 2 hours before the test may affect your results by up to 1 1/2%, but no more. Therefore, we advise you not to eat within two hours before the test. Working out and drinking water is okay. A small snack or protein shake is ok, just no large meal.
You should try to use the restroom and take a shower if possible. Please bring swim cap and remove as much hair gel or hair products as possible.
You will submerge your whole body underwater leaving only a small portion of your mouth and nose above the water.
The water is heated to between 89° and 94°, depending on the season. The water is also chemically treated for cleanliness to meet all local swimming pool and hot tub requirements of the local health department. We also replace the water daily. We have a private dressing room on board and for your comfort the lab is air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter.
A trained technician will be with you every second of the test. You will have privacy and confidentiality during the entire test, which takes approximately 10 minutes.
After the test, you will receive an email or hard copy printout of your results, showing you where you are, where you should be, and what it will take to get there. You will then have a realistic baseline to establish your fitness goals.