The Truth is in the Numbers – My Journey with the InBody Body Composition Analyzer
By: Blogger Carrie Gelula
From what I can tell, there are two types of people: those who are proud of their body fat percentage… and those who don’t want to know. I fell into the second category.
The idea of finding out what my body was made up of was terrifying. I knew that my diet and exercise habits had not been great lately and that I couldn’t hide the facts from the state-of-the art, highly regarded InBody Composition machine that VIDA Fitness offers to members for $49 ($99 value). I had read enough about the machine to know that there is no other body composition tool on the market that matches its accuracy. Leaving little hope that it would accidently round down my number and make me feel less off track than I already do.
I stood on the surprisingly sleek InBody machine and grabbed its shiny handles. The machine asked me some questions then played elevator music for a few seconds, and when it was finished sending little bolts of electricity through my entire body, it printed out a handy sheet with a ton of stats and data about my body composition.
I must have looked like I had just been handed a menu in another language. The only thing I could really understand was the little box in the corner that told me exactly how many pounds I would have to lose. Yikes. But as soon as I was ready to run home to a pint of ice cream, the VIDA Fitness team started explaining the results, and why they are essential to my health management.
The VIDA Fitness team explained that the InBody body composition analysis tool inspected my muscle, bone, and fat. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism is. The InBody provides a stat called Basal Metabolic Rate. This is the minimum number of calories your body would need to survive without any activity. I learned that, working with a registered dietitian and personal trainer, this data would help me develop a healthy fat loss diet that is sustainable and effective.
I learned that The InBody can also help identify possible injury and disease, or help track the healing of an injury. One of the many stats it measures is the amount of water inside and outside the cells. The water inside the cells is beneficial, and shows a healthy level of hydration. The water outside, however, when in excess, can be an indicator of swelling and inflammation. To pinpoint areas in need, the InBody gives a detailed breakdown of both muscle mass and body fat per limb.
While some of my numbers were high, they are not outside of my control. The team at VIDA detailed an exercise routine that seemed manageable, and encouraged me to take control. I am inspired! I am going to schedule a meeting with Addie, their Registered Dietitian, next week.
I walked the extra-long way home drinking a green juice, thinking about what the InBody would show on my next visit.
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