What is the difference between weight loss and fat loss and why should I care?

 

Overall weight loss is a good thing if you are looking to lighten the load on your joints but losing muscle mass is never desirable.  Sometimes when you are working hard and eating right the scale will not move and that can be frustrating but you are probably losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time. This is a good thing and why you need to be retested to make sure that is the case.  Fat takes up a lot more room than muscle so your clothes should start fitting better and the way you look in the mirror and to your friends should improve. 

 

Why get tested?

 

Anyone who is serious about making progress towards their fitness goals needs accurate information. For example, if you have lost 5 lbs, you may think that is great. But how much of that was fat, and how much was muscle? Muscle helps burn fat, after all. You cannot rely on scales weight to know if you are making the progress towards your fitness goals.

Getting an ultrasound body fat test from Pro Body Metrics can answer this question. If you are trying to lose body fat but maintain (or increase) muscle mass, you will need detailed analysis of your body composition changes. The better information you have, the better decisions you are able to make with your training program.

 

Why It's Important

 

Body composition (percent fat and lean muscle) reflects the results of both physical activity and nutritional practices. Body weight alone can be very misleading. The scale cannot tell the difference between a pound of fat and a pound of muscle. Over time, people tend to gain fat and lose muscle without an obvious change in their weight. And, even though we need a certain amount of fat in our bodies to insure good health, excess body fat has been found to increase the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now declared obesity an epidemic, with 61% of adult Americans either overweight or obese (having excess body fat). On the other hand, too little body fat can also pose a number of health risks, especially for women.

 

Only by accurately measuring your body composition will you learn the amount of fat and lean tissue that makes up your weight, enabling sensible decisions regarding nutrition and exercise programs. It is the best way to get the "whole picture" of what's really going on in your body

 

How long does it take?

 

Actual testing takes approximately 5-7 minutes. 

 

What should I wear/bring?

 

Shorts and a tank top are ideal and they can be covered with other clothing until testing begins. A small amount of ultrasound gel will be used but can be wiped off with a tissue.  

 

How private is the testing?

 

We have a private changing room and a door that can be closed during testing. Your data is private too, unless you ask we do not share your results with anyone but you and we do not sell or share your contact information.

 

What It Is - Not all weight is created equal.

 

Our bodies can be divided into two main components - fat and lean muscle mass. Fat is classified as two types. The first, "essential fat", is necessary for normal body function. The second type is "storage fat", which is the extra fuel we store under the skin and around various organs. Lean mass primarily consists of muscle, the major "metabolic" engine of the body. The more muscle in your body, the more calories you will burn even when at rest.

 

Although people commonly make reference to being "overweight", having excess body weight and excess body fat are two completely different things. While it's true that a pound of fat and a pound of muscle each weigh a pound, that's where the similarity ends. As explained by Daniel Kosich, PhD, "Fat and muscle differ in an important way - muscle is much denser than fat. Think of it this way: Muscle is like a brick. Fat, on the other hand, is like cotton balls. It takes far more cotton balls than brick to make a pound. So a pound of fat takes up more space on your body than a pound of muscle." With this in mind, it’s important to note that a person beginning an exercise and nutrition program will in many cases gain weight, because they are losing body fat and gaining muscle mass. Therefore, muscular individuals can have a high body weight without actually having excess body fat.

 

 

Do I need an appointment?

 

We tend to get booked up quickly so it’s highly recommended.  Please call for information about how and where to signup. Sometime we do have room for walk-ins but please call ahead; we don’t want you to have to wait. 

 

 

How accurate is it?

 

Ultrasound body fat testing is comparable to DEXA, Air Displacement and Hydrostatic testing in regards to accuracy at a much lower level of discomfort and cost.