It doesn’t matter how many weight loss or fitness journeys you’ve been on in your lifetime. Taking that step towards a better you means you’re getting closer to succeeding and attaining the goals you have for yourself – and that’s a positive thing! But sometimes it’s hard to keep moving forward, so discovering new ways to keep yourself motivated are key to keeping accountable. Here are our top 6 reasons why you should get a body scan:
1. It will tell you a lot more about your body than BMI
Millions of people hop onto a bathroom scale in the hope of seeing numbers either drop with weight loss or rise with muscle gain, but more often than not those numbers stay the same for a long time (known as a plateau) even when nutrition and fitness plans are being followed to the T, and if they’re not staying the same, they’re either dropping or rising very slowly.
Most likely it’s the scale, and it can all be resolved by using a body scanner like the Evolt 360.
One of the biggest differences between body mass index (BMI) and body composition is accuracy. Instead of looking just at your BMI and weight numbers from a set of bathroom scales, a body scanner takes a measure of your entire body composition. This includes units like lean body mass, total body fat percentage, body fat mass and visceral fat level – numbers far more important to your health than simply your BMI.
Broken down, BMI is based on the height and weight of an individual, and today it’s an inaccurate and outdated measure of progress because it makes no allowance for the relative proportions of bone, muscle and fat in the body.
2. It will reveal your secret (bad) fat
Body scanners have the extraordinary ability to provide units of measurement in visceral fat levels, subcutaneous fat mass, total body water, skeletal muscle mass and mineral intake.
Knowing how much subcutaneous fat you are storing, for example, could very well help guide you in understanding where you stand with your health. Increased numbers mean you could be at a higher risk of health problems including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and/or kidney disease.
If you have a body scan and your subcutaneous fat mass numbers are borderline, you may find that motivation comes thick and fast to do something about it. This goes for all the other measurements provided by a body scanner – sometimes, all it takes is the reality check of a body scan report card to see where your health is heading.
3. You don’t have to strip off
Traditionally when body measurements were taken by a personal trainer or coach with bathroom or physicians scales, a tape measure and calipers, you would be required to remove clothing in the gym’s back office or closet to get the most accurate readings – and this definitely would deter people from starting a fitness journey.
Body scanners like the Evolt 360 only require you to wear light active wear before stepping on without shoes or socks. Given today’s advancements in technology, clothing doesn’t add to your mass and won’t impact your body composition results.
4. It can help improve how you train
Because a body scan provides you with a scientifically validated measurement of body composition, it’s a great way to look at where somebody is in that moment. It’s an opportunity to sit down with your personal trainer or coach and do an accurate assessment to create, or make adjustments, to training programs.
Having a body scan at the start of your journey can allow you to work towards specific targets like increasing muscle mass or losing body fat. You’ll be able to adjust your training program in accordance to where you need the focus on (upper body or lower body, for example) and monitor your results with your follow up scans.
5. It tells you what you should be eating based on your health goals
A body scanner like the Evolt 360 has the capability of determining the right macronutrient profile for you. Macronutrients – proteins, carbohydrates and fats – are what the body needs to function, and the results of a body scan can indicate to you the right levels of each macronutrient you should be consuming for maximum performance.
Other methods of determining macro profiles for specific body types simply use overall weight and mathematic calculations, which is subject to human error. The speed and effectiveness by which a body scanner reads for personalised macronutrient intake ensures it is by no way a ‘one size fits all’ result.
6. It provides precise ‘before’ and ‘after’ results
One of the best things about having access to a body scanner is that you can do a comparison of your results from when you started your fitness program to where you are currently. Placing your report card side-by-side will be an eye opening experience, and the feeling you get from seeing all your hard work and effort pay off with the numbers in front of you is insurmountable.
That first body scan counts as a baseline, giving you something to compare your fitness and health to in the weeks or months following the start of a regiment. It’s a fantastic way to visualise progress and recognise your wins.
The Evolt Active App is an award-winning app that has helped millions of users track their body composition and achieve results. Want to know more about your body? Download the Evolt Active to find an Evolt 360 scan location near you.
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