Body Composition Testing
At Bukovina, we use a Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA) to measure your body composition. We can use this information to help determine the overall health of your body. We can also use it to monitor you during our weight loss programs. This is to ensure that you are actually losing fat and not muscle.
Over 100 independent studies have shown that BIAs are an accurate assessment of body composition; so we get a good picture of your percentage of body fat and lean body mass as well as information about your toxicity levels and metabolic rate.
Measurements are taken with a bioimpedance analyzer, which uses electrodes similar to EKG electrodes. The machine passes a harmless, ultra-low level electrical current through the body. Lean tissue, which is over 70% water, is a good conductor of electrical current. Fatty tissue — low in water, is not. Thus, the resistance to the flow of electrical current measured by the analyzer can be used to calculate body composition.
For your scan, you will need to remove your right shoe and sock. The electrodes will be placed on your right hand and foot while you are lying on the exam table. This whole procedure takes only a few minutes and a computer prints out the results.
For the best results, please follow these guidelines before your BIA:
- Do not eat for 4 hours prior to testing
- Do not exercise for 12 hours prior to testing
- Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours prior to testing
- Drink at least 1 quart of water one hour before your test (you may void as needed)
- Do not drink caffeine day of your test
- Do not wear pantyhose