+ HOW DOES THE SCAN OPERATE AT MY BODY STATS?
We here at My Body Stats use the safest, most technologically advanced product in the market for measuring your body composition, Inbody 570. InBody devices use direct segmental measurement bioelectrical impedance analysis (DSM-BIA), a patented technology, to precisely measure body composition by sending multiple electrical currents through the body, resulting in up to six different impedance readings for the trunk and each of the four limbs. The innovative in-depth analysis of the InBody Test yields accurate results for body composition outputs, such as body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, (segmental) lean body mass, percent body fat, and more.
+ HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PERFORM THE SCAN?
The scan lasts 45 seconds total for a thorough analysis of your body composition.
+ WHAT ARE IMPORTANT GUIDELINES USERS SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT DO BEFORE A SCAN?
- Before a test, you should:
- Use the bathroom
- Maintain the same testing conditions as your first test
Avoid eating or wait two hours after a meal
Before the test, you should not:
- Exercised strenuously
- Used a sauna, steam room, or bath
- Consumed diuretics such as caffeine, alcohol, and medication
- Have a fever, cold, or chill
+ ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS FOR THE SCAN AT MY BODY STATS?
- Yes, and they are as follows:
- No less than 22 pounds and no more than 551 pounds.
- No less than 3ft 5in and no more than 7ft 2 in.
- No less than 3 years old and no more than 99 years old.
- People with artificial electrical implants such as a pacemaker should not be tested. The electrical currents of the scan may disrupt the functionality of life-sustaining devices.
- Pregnant women are not recommended to take the test because of the body’s constant fluctuations during pregnancy.
+ HOW OFTEN CAN I SCAN?
As often as you like because it is not invasive and will not put your heath at risk.
+ HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SCAN?
Depending on your fitness and health goals and program, it could be as soon as once a week to once a month.
+ WILL I FEEL THE ELECTRICAL CURRENTS DURING THE SCAN?
For the average population, the electrical currents sent through the body during an InBody tests are too low to feel. However, there is a small possibility that individuals with tactile sensitivity may feel a slight sensation.
+ ARE THERE OTHER TYPES OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT EXIST WHICH ALSO MEASURE BODY COMPOSITION?
Other methods of measuring body composition include DEXA, hydrostatic weighing, air displacement, and anthropometric calipers.
DEXA (10-20 minutes per exam) is currently considered the "gold standard" of body composition analysis, and it is primarily designed to measure bone density at hospitals. While the DEXA technology is accurate, the precision will still depend on the model of the equipment. The main issue with DEXA is that each test emits radiation to its user. Frequent exposure to radiation is known to be harmful to health, therefore medical professionals only administer these exams on a "as needed" basis for patients who are at risk for osteoporosis. Another drawback of DEXA scans is that it has a size limitation on the X-Ray table.
Hydrostatic weighing (water dunk test) is a process that's much more tedious than the other types of measurement based on the need to be fully underwater holding your breath with very minimal clothing. The process is repeated multiple times per test in order to obtain a dependable result. Individuals with claustrophobia are not recommended to use this process for measurement. This type of test does not output information about where the fat is distributed in the body.
Air displacement (Body Pod) requires users to be in a small enclosed area with minimal clothing, to measure their body composition. This test also does not output fat/muscle distribution in the body. Compared to the other forms of measurement, air displacement is one of the least accurate and not as widely used.
There are other generic, subpar handheld bioelectric products easily obtainable on the market for consumers. However, they are extremely inaccurate and use averages to output information. These devices only measure limbs and never the trunk, while human are known to hold most mass in the torso region of the body.
Lastly, anthropometric calipers are the most commonly used tool, yet most outdated method to measure body fat and the least accurate. This process only measures body fat. Calipers cannot measure the muscle mass, water retention, or even total body weight. It is extremely inaccurate when the subject flex his or her body part, just to tweak the results. Since caliper tests are conducted manually, the accuracy also depends on the skills and experience of the person administering the test.
It is logical to say that users would like the most accurate test with the least amount of inconvenience, the 98% accuracy of InBody compared to DEXA outshines the others without the risk of radiation exposure.
+ WHY IS THE BIA TECHNOLOGY (INBODY 570) MY BODY STATS USES MORE ACCURATE THEN OTHERS?
InBody technology is patented and is different than that used in other BIA devices. InBody technology relies on direct measurement and can measure the body in a segmental fashion; is capable of accurately measuring impedance in the torso region; uses multiple frequencies and does not need to use statistical (or empirical) data in calculating values; and evaluates a wide range of body types, from extremely obese, to elderly, to athletic.
+ WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BIA DEVICES ALREADY BEING USED IN THE MARKET AND THE BIA DEVICE MY BODY STATS USES?
- The use of multiple frequencies to accurately measure intracellular and extracellular water
- 8-point tactile electrodes providing a direct and reproducible measurement
- Segmental impedance measurements to include accurate lean body mass measurements of the trunk
- No empirical estimations required. No population-based statistical data is used in calculating results.
+ WHERE DOES INBODY GET THE HEALTH INFORMATION, LIKE THE HEALTHY RANGES FOR BODY FAT AND VISCERAL FAT?
InBody gathers all the information of what is considered healthy from WHO, the World Health Organization. WHO began when our Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day. We are now more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at our headquarters in Geneva. Our primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system. We support countries as they coordinate the efforts of multiple sectors of the government and partners – including bi- and multilaterals, funds and foundations, civil society organizations and private sector – to attain their health objectives and support their national health policies and strategies.