Following through on any new year’s resolution can be tough, and losing weight or sticking to a new fitness regimen can seem especially daunting. We understand that it is harder to stay motivated if you can’t effectively track your progress, and that’s part of why we’re proud to offer InBody Scale readings at Aspire Regenerative.
In fact, we offer a complimentary InBody Scale analysis with any service booking, because it not only helps us provide better treatment for our patients, but it also helps our patients gain a deeper understanding of their body and stay motivated on their journey to achieving their health and wellness goals. In this article, we’ll discuss the many features that make the InBody Scale unique, what you can learn from an InBody Scale analysis, and how you can use your reading to help you obtain your new year’s weight loss resolutions.
What Is the InBody Scale?
The InBody Scale is a revolutionary device that can be used to give patients, doctors, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers an in-depth look at a patient’s body composition. The machine works by sending a small alternating current through the body. Using a process known as bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), the machine is able to analyze when this current is passing through various types of tissue (such as muscle or fat). Based on this information, the InBody Scale is able to deliver an extremely detailed analysis of a person’s overall body composition. Some of the information an InBody Scale reading can reveal includes:
- Skeletal Muscle Mass
- Body Fat Mass
- Basal Metabolic Rate
- Body Mass Index
- Percent Body Fat
- Segmental Lean Analysis (muscle mass distribution by region including the trunk, arms, and legs)
How Does the InBody Scale Work?
As far as the actual process of getting a reading, the InBody Scale is similar to a basic scale, with just a few minor differences. Taking a reading is a completely non-invasive process and only takes a few minutes, but you will need to remove your shoes and socks for the reading to work correctly. You will be asked to wipe your hands and feet with a wipe designed to remove lotions and improve conductivity, so the InBody Scale can get an accurate reading.
Once you’re ready, you simply stand on the scale and hold the hand levers on either side of the machine with your arms at your side and thumbs placed on the sensors. The InBody scale will measure your weight first. Then, the machine will provide a place to input your age, height, and sex. Once the InBody Scale has calibrated itself based on this information, the full body analysis will begin. The reading is painless, just like traditional weight scales, but unlike your scale at home, the Inbody composition analyzer can provide you with an in-depth and extremely accurate look at your muscle mass, water weight, and the distribution of muscle broken down by individual body parts.
How Can the InBody Scale Help You Obtain Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution?
Being able to monitor your progress with an extreme degree of precision can empower you to keep striving for your weight loss goals, even on the days when it feels particularly challenging. The InBody Scale can not only assist you on the road to shedding pounds, but it can help you keep them off. Here are just a few of the ways you can use the InBody Scale as a tool to conquer 2020 and obtain your new year’s weight loss resolution:
Track Your Progress
The National Weight Control Registry reports that 75% of adults who maintain their weight loss goals weigh themselves once per week, and while a traditional bathroom scale allows you to track your total body weight, it doesn’t take into account how much of that weight comes from muscle mass as opposed to fat. Working out not only burns fat, it also builds muscle, and that can cause your overall weight to remain the same (or increase) even if you have decreased your body fat percentage.
If you are only using your overall weight or a rudimentary calculation of your BMI (body mass index) to track your progress, it’s possible to see no improvement at a check-in where you have lost fat, simply because you gained muscle mass. With the InBody Scale, you’ll get a very clear picture of not only your overall weight, but how much of that is comprised of muscle vs. fat. It will also track this progress as you continue on your weight loss journey each time to get a new reading. This can make a huge impact on your overall motivation. Your printout will show you just how far you’ve come.
Develop a Diet Plan
The InBody Scale precisely measures your lean body mass and you can use this as a guide for developing a personalized diet plan. In order to build muscle or maintain existing muscle mass, scientists and nutritionists generally recommend a person should be eating 1 gram of protein for every pound of lean muscle mass, so having this measurement will let you know how much protein you need to be getting. This can also help you adjust that amount when you need to, based on your workout plan. If you’re working with a nutritionist, they will be able to utilize your InBody Scale reading to create meal plans and dietary goals that are completely personalized to your unique body.
Make Sure You Are Getting Enough Water
That same lean body mass measurement from an InBody Scale reading can also be used to determine if you are getting enough water. Research has shown that not only staying hydrated, but drinking water at specific points in your daily routine can help the body burn more calories. The InBody Scale can help you understand what your specific metabolic water requirement is, so you can be sure you’re staying hydrated and set yourself up for weight loss success.
Develop a Process That Works For you
Setting realistic process goals, or short-term goals, as you travel down the road to your ultimate weight loss target, is an essential component for success. The InBody Scale can give you the power to set very specific weekly goals that you wouldn’t be able to monitor otherwise. For example, if you spend a week or two working really hard on your upper body strength, the InBody Scale will be able to show you when your arm muscles have grown.
Because the InBody Scale provides a breakdown of muscle distribution by individual body parts, it can show you and your trainer if there are particular areas of your body that are weaker than others. Targeting imbalances or weak muscle groups during your workout routine can help you avoid injury and keep you on the road to weight loss success.
Interested in learning more about the InBody Scale or getting your measurement taken in San Diego? Book a consultation at Aspire Regenerative. We can set you up with an InBody Scale reading and offer guidance to help you obtain your new year’s weight loss resolutions.