Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis – also known as Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) – is a type of diagnostic tool that analyzes a body’s complete composition. This machine measures body fat in relation to lean body mass. It also identifies the integrity of the cell membranes, intra and extracellular water and other relevant information about the body’s composition.
BIA is a part of a health and nutrition checkup. It’s used to determine the effectiveness of certain diet program, exercise, and lifestyle intervention.
How Body Composition Correlates to Health and Weight Loss
Measuring the body fluids and composition is a critical part of your health. Research show that our health is directly related to our body composition. For example, a body with a balanced fat and lean mass is considered healthy. A body with high level of fat is considered as “altered body composition.” This means, if you have high fat in your body, you are at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and other chronic conditions.
BIA works by detecting the imbalance of fat and lean mass in the body before it leads to serious medical conditions. This allows intervention, treatment and prevention. After getting a BIA measurement, you will be given a dietary plan, exercise routine and nutritional supplements to re-balance or maintain the balance of your body’s composition.
Benefits of Bioimpedance Analysis
Better Cardiovascular Health
BIA is all about preventing the onset of any serious conditions related to an imbalanced body composition. Early detection paves way to prevention. According to Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription author Vivian H. Heyward, individuals with unhealthy body compositions are 2.1 times likely to suffer from high blood pressure. High body fat leads to cardiovascular diseases. It could result in heart attacks, stroke, irregular heartbeat and heart failure. By going through a BIA, you are given a healthy meal plan and exercise regimen to achieve better health.
Boosts the Metabolic Rate
Individuals with high body fat are 2.9 times likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Because lean mass burns off more energy than fat, you can eat more without gaining a single pound! In addition, muscle mass takes in less space than fat. If you have more fat in the body, you look pudgier. That’s because a thick layer of fat hides the definition of the muscles. On the other hand, if you have leaner mass, you look toner, thinner.
Boosts Glucose Tolerance
If you are a diabetic, you will benefit from getting a BIA as well. BIA helps improve insulin sensitivity and boost glucose tolerance. It helps improve blood circulation in all parts of the body, assuming that you stick to the program.
Lower Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
Because your body composition is directly linked to your cardiovascular health, BIA helps lower blood cholesterol and normalizes blood pressure. It also cuts the risk of heart disease and improves heart functions.
Improve Respiratory Functions
Are you out of shape? Take a BIA and you will breathe easy again! Apart from protecting from respiratory infections, BIA also improves lung function, promote better sleep and prevent breathlessness. The program helps increase energy, build endurance and reduce joint pain! That’s because you are adopting a healthier, more active lifestyle!