Body composition is the buzzword at Grayshott at the moment, the measure that looks at fat ratio, to muscle, water and bone density in the body as well as looking at the different types of fat a person carries.
Testing works by… standing on two electrodes that read internal and external fats based on electrical resistance.
You could be really skinny and have a high fat percentage… internal fats (visceral fats) are the reason doctors often talk about the dangers of excess fat around your waist is because these are the fats that can secrete a toxin that damages the heart and puts you at risk of heart disease. However, there are some sneaky demons that don’t show on the outside, meaning you could be really skinny and have a lot of internal fat. Largely these fats are attributed to lifestyle.
It’s about muscle density… if you don’t have enough protein within the muscle, that’s not good as you need enough for it to be functioning really well and burning fats. This is where the body stores, so if you’re ill it will draw on these resources to recover – think of it like an internal medicine chest.
The ratio of fat to muscle… in a woman shouldn’t be more than 30% fat, and slightly lower for men. If it’s heading towards 40-50% then you start to get health problems, you won’t burn energy as fast and your metabolism drops. Your joints hurt, you’re likely to feel sluggish, and again with that internal fat you’re secreting toxins.
Weight is of lesser importance… Grayshott does measure BMI but that can be very high and you can still be healthy – think about rugby players!
Water is very important… if the water content of the body is too low you’re dehydrated and it will upset your metabolic processes.
Don’t forget bone density… we check the amount of mineral in the bone to pick up early signs of osteoporosis. If you have low bone density the main way to work with it is with resistance exercise, irrespective of your age – Grayshott has 80 year olds using weights and seeing a change.
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