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Here's a basic rundown: A body fat test is an attempt to seperate every pound of your body into one of two categories: your fat mass and everything else. What isn't fat mass is considered "lean body mass" which consists of your bones, muscles, hair, water, and all the other stuff ... So no, it's not just muscle!

This ratio can be a little misleading in a number of ways. For example - small, slender people who don't weigh much may actually have a greater percentage of body fat than larger, more muscular people who weigh more. That's just one reason why your weight on the scale doesn't necessarily measure the level of your health.

How do we measure body fat at MyPTstudio? Our body fat scales use the Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) technique. This method measures body composition by sending a low, safe electrical current through the body.

The current passes freely through the fluids contained in muscle tissue, but encounters difficulty/resistance when it passes through fat tissue. This resistance of the fat tissue to the current is called 'bioelectrical impedance', and is accurately measured by body fat scales. When set against a person's height, gender and weight, the scales can then compute their body fat percentage. 

What constitutes a "healthy" level of body fat depends a lot on your sex and your goals. If you're not worried about keeping your body fat low for aesthetic or performance goals, then it's perfectly OK to have the goal of keeping your body fat percentage anywhere below "obese" and above "essential fat levels." 

We'll go over all of this - and much more - during your 1:1 Health Assessment, with re-assessments in week 12 and 24.

Click here to book your Health Assessment today!