Information on Body Composition
What is Full Body Sensing?
Full Body Sensing provides a comprehensive understanding of your body composition to help you reach and/or maintain your fitness goals. Unlike other body composition monitors that rely on foot-to-foot measurements, Omron’s monitor measures the whole body (arm to foot) which provides a clinically-proven accurate profile.
How Omron calculates your body composition:
Omron’s algorithm focuses on the Bioelectrical Impedance Method as well as height, weight, age, and gender.
Bioelectrical Impedance Method: The Omron Full Body Sensor Body Composition Monitor and Scale estimates the body fat percentage by the Bioelectrical Impedance Method. Muscles, blood, bones and body tissues with high water content conduct electricity easily. On the other hand, body fat does not store much water, therefore has little electric conductivity. The Omron Full Body Sensor Body Composition Monitor and Scale sends an extremely weak electrical current of 50 kHz and less than 500 μA through your body to determine the amount of water in each tissue. You will not notice or feel the electrical current.
The ratios of the water in your upper and lower body change throughout the day – as gravity pulls more water into your lower extremities. This means the electrical impedance of the body also varies – if more water is in your legs, other monitors such as foot-to-foot may show incorrect body fat readings. The Omron Full Body Sensor Body Composition Monitor and Scale takes measurements from both hands and feet – which reduces the influence water movement makes on your body composition results.
Interpreting the Body Fat Percentage Result
Interpreting the Muscle Percentage Result
Skeletal muscle is the type of muscle that we can see and feel. When you work out to increase muscle mass, skeletal muscle is being exercised. Skeletal muscles attach to the skeleton and come in pairs — one muscle to move the bone in one direction and another to move it back the other way. Increasing skeletal muscle will increase your body’s energy requirements. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn. Building skeletal muscle can help prevent “rebound” weight gain. The maintenance and increase of skeletal muscle is closely linked to resting metabolism rate.
Body fat serves a vital role in storing energy and protecting internal organs. We carry two types of fat in our bodies: 1) essential fat which is stored in small amounts to protect the body and 2) stored fat which is stocked for energy during physical activity. While too much body fat may be unhealthy, having too little fat can be just as unhealthy. Also, the distribution of body fat in men and women is different, so the basis for classifying the body fat percentage is different between the genders.
Visceral fat is found in the abdomen and surrounding vital organs. It is different from fat found directly underneath the skin, which is referred to as subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat can go largely unnoticed because it’s not visible to the naked eye. One way visceral fat can be seen is through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Too much visceral fat is thought to be closely linked to increased levels of fat in the bloodstream, which may lead to conditions such as high cholesterol, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In order to prevent or improve these conditions, it is important to try to reduce the amount of visceral fat levels to an acceptable level.