Debunking 3 of the most talked-about body composition myths
At Evolt, we’re all about the facts so it’s little wonder we want to provide access to the right information when it comes to body composition. Let’s face it, physical and lifestyle realities make modern-day weight management hard enough, and then factor in all the misinformation you’re likely to find online.
But if you know fact from fiction, you’re off to a good start! Read on to see what the 3 biggest myths about body composition are, and how you can toss them aside.
Myth No. 1
There’s A 100% Accurate Method To Know Your Body Composition
Body composition is certainly an element to consider when stepping on a scale, and weight alone doesn’t tell you everything you need to know. Your body composition is an important factor in evaluating where your health stands, and although our Evolt 360 analyzer is a scientifically validated method of body composition used in medicine and science, it’s impossible to know one’s body fat percent with 100% absolute accuracy.
The only way to find out about your exact body fat is to become a cadaver and have a human biologist scrape every ounce of fat off you. Not really an option, is it?
The Evolt 360 comes pretty close though, measuring your body fat and other units through technology that is based on the most up-to-date scientific information relating to Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) analysis – it determines the resistance to flow of the current as it passes through the body, providing estimates of body water from which body fat is calculated using selected equations.
Myth No. 2
DEXA Scans Are The Gold Standard of Body Composition
If you’re unsure about what DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) scans are, they involve a device that measures minerals in the body using x-ray technology. DEXA scans are fantastic for those who might be experiencing bone loss and want to measure the strength of their bones because they test bone density and can help diagnose conditions like osteoporosis and osteopenia, but when it comes to full body composition, there’s only one machine that can see fat on a living person – the MRI.
The only problem is that an MRI can cost upwards of $1m so they’re not quite viable for the fitness industry. All forms of body composition measurements require the use of an algorithm, and the Evolt 360 utilizes BIA technology that is well respected in the scientific community as a reliable and repeatable measure to track body composition progression.
Myth No. 3
Accuracy Is Best
Accuracy and precision are two completely different things. Both reflect how close a measurement is to an actual value, but accuracy reflects how close a measurement is to a known or accepted value, while precision reflects how repeatable a measurement is.
In other words:
- Accurate is Correct
- Precision is Repeating
So why is precision more important than accuracy when it comes to checking in on your body composition?
Precision is how consistent results are when measurements are repeated, and in the fitness industry we want to see changes in body fat and muscle mass to see if someone is making progress – through a repetitive process.
Utilizing a body composition analyzer like the Evolt 360 can allow us to visually interpret statistical data right in front of our eyes and see progress within the same units of measure such as body fat percentage, soft lean mass, skeletal muscle mass and body cell mass weekly, fortnightly, and so on.
Knowing your body composition can help you assess your health and fitness level, so ensure you have the right information when it comes to assessing your measurements for better understanding and better results.
To learn more about your body and for personalized macronutrient and supplement recommendations Download the Evolt Active app and search for your nearest Evolt 360 Body Composition Scan location.
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