This is a new gadget to me - Body Composition Monitor. It works by using BIA (Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis) which is an electrical signal through the body. As the current encounters different kinds of fluids and tissues, it will determine how much of it is fat (fat is harder to get through) and how much is muscle (the current will pass easily through muscle, which is made up of mostly water).
This high-tech monitor comes in the form of a bathroom weighing scale that monitors everything from weight and body fat to body water and visceral fat %.
Body composition is simply the ratio of lean body mass to fat body mass. Too much fat can lean to health problems like heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and other serious conditions. If you keep your body fat within a reasonable level, you'll be healthier and, of course, slimmer.
Body Fat Categories for Women
- 10-12% - Essential Fat
- 14-20% - Athletic Fat Levels
- 21-24% - Fitess Fat Levels
- 25-31% - Acceptable Fat Levels
- >32% - Obese
Body Fat Categories for Men
- 2-4% - Essential Fat
- 6-13% - Athletic Fat Levels
- 14-17% - Fitess Fat Levels
- 18-25% - Acceptable Fat Levels
- >26% - Obese
BIA (Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis) is a simple method of assessing body fat percentage. It is a body composition and body fat analyzer and scale that provides more than just total weight measurements. It determines total weight, the percent and amount of body fat, muscle mass, water and even bone mass.
Sounds cool, eh?