If you have been following this blog for a while, you are aware that body composition analysis is being used by many fitness experts,coaches, and healthcare professionals, and is essential if you truly want to get a handle on becoming fit.
But now might be the perfect time to emphasize the actual health risks and benefits associated with various body compositions, especially as we enter into 2019, with all those New Year’s resolutions fresh on our minds.
One thing we can safely do in 2019 is dump our reliance and our attention on the body mass index (BMI) as a means to measure our health.
The limitations of using the BMI to guide clinical and fitness decisions have been well documented, and it may be time to just say goodbye to BMI altogether when it comes to making decisions concerning a single individual, as outlined previously in this blog or as highlighted by many others.
Not having specific detailed insights into your personal body composition may lead to critical errors in assumptions, understanding, and recommendations, which can hinder your ability to reach your fitness goal. In fact, in some cases, it may even result in serious misdiagnosis, inappropriate treatments, and certainly missed opportunities.
We all know that besides our appearance, there is a long list of diseases that are obviously associated with obesity, which seems (and we will address this in a minute) to be the thing that is a the top of our minds this time of year. The list is long, but certainly includes heart disease, hypertension, cancer, joint problems, dementia, and diabetes.
But what about other abnormalities of body composition, like having too little muscle mass – so-called “skinny fat” – when there is both sarcopenia (lack of muscle) and the sometimes less obvious visceral fat that can collect around the middle even for people whose BMI is normal (18-25)?
These are definite concerns that impact everyone, which is why a knowledge of your body composition read more