Why is body composition analysis an
effective tool for nutritionists and dietitians?
Disclaimer: InBody devices should be used as an adjunct tool for clinical decision making and are not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases.
Nutritionists are responsible for the development and adjustment of dietary protocols specific to each client’s starting point and goals. Successful nutritionists must understand their client’s lifestyles and food preferences, as well as the challenges that each type of client faces. With the proper tools, these specialists can educate clients in order to identify achievable goals and increase their success by tracking progress throughout their programs. The InBody Result Sheet provides nutritionists and dietitians with the tools needed to effectively understand and empower each of their clients to succeed.
InBody devices are non-invasive and convenient, making it the ideal tool to implement into nutrition programs for body composition analysis. The InBody Test provides comprehensive results that can be used to track and educate clients on body fat and health risk as well as understand the differences in diet consumption effects.
In less than 60 seconds, the InBody Test provides easy-to-understand, accurate and objective measurements to evaluate a client’s current body composition as well as monitor the success of dietary interventions. Nutritionists can use the InBody to:
- Determine baseline body composition and link these parameters to client diet
- Assess Basal Metabolic Rate to create more targeted and effective nutrition programs
- Track changes over time to ensure client progress and success
Below are examples of the different types of clients nutritionists and dietitians will encounter and how the InBody results sheets can be implemented into practice, creating success for all clients with different needs and goals.
Coleman et al., 2015
“… minimizing lean mass loss is an important health and safety consideration in order to maintain strength and physical function and also to maximize basal metabolic rate for long-term weight maintenance.”
Videira-Silva & Fonseca, 2017
“…body composition analysis through bioelectrical impedance… can act not only as a guidance for adequate lifestyle counseling (focused on PA, diet or both), but also as a prior assessment of overall metabolic risk in overweight adolescents.”
Csontos et al., 2017
“Monitoring body composition regularly helps to personalize nutritional plans and reduce the risk of malnutrition and sarcopenia, resulting in a better quality of life for our patients.”
Track supplement use and its effects
Building muscle mass with Muscle-Fat Analysis
For clients looking to build muscle mass, a proper dietary program is required to optimize results and ensure weight gain occurs in the form of muscle mass. Understanding a starting point as well as the desired outcome for the client helps establish a better end goal, a realistic timeline for tracking progress and direction for where changes in body composition need to occur. Through the use of BIA technology the Muscle-Fat Analysis section offers nutritionists and dietitians a better way to monitor the progress of their client’s program and allow for earlier dietary interventions to optimize their success.
While research supports the use of protein in addition to resistance training to increase skeletal muscle mass, a proper macronutrient balance is required in order to avoid plateaus and ensure that weight gain occurs in the form of muscle mass and not fat mass. By analyzing the change in the balance between muscle and fat mass, clients can be assured that the changes being made to their composition are that of a positive nature. Clients can monitor the effectiveness of their dietary regime or supplements, which helps provides credibility to the nutritionist’s recommendation and programming.
Ensure long-term success with Basal Metabolic Rate
As lean mass is increasing, positive effects are happening with the client’s Basal Metabolic Rate. Most clients will find this output on numerous websites, but it is a subjective measure based on client height, weight, and activity level. InBody provides a more accurate representation of Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) that is based on a client’s amount of fat-free mass. Educating clients on the relationship between lean mass and BMR can increase motivation and adherence to dietary programming, ensuring long-term client success.
Track changes with Body Composition History
InBody’s Body Composition History tracks a client’s progress throughout their program and ensures their BMR and nutrition program is being balanced to reflect their muscle growth. By monitoring weight, skeletal muscle mass, and percent body fat, client’s will be able to track and maintain their ideal body composition.
Nutrition for overweight and/or obese clients
Numerous studies support the correlation between overweight/obesity and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and even certain cancers. Weight loss, specifically through calorie restriction can help decrease both percent body fat and metabolically harmful visceral fat. Through measurements on the InBody, nutritionists will be able to understand the degree of over fatness of a client to set effective weight loss goals.
Distinguish between muscle and fat loss with Muscle-Fat Analysis
Relying on BMI to track changes in body composition is limited due to its inability to identify if losses are due to changes in fat or lean mass. Since low-calorie diets are common when promoting weight loss, one of the main concerns with these low-calorie diets is the risk of losing muscle mass, a negative outcome in terms of weight loss, health risk, and functional strength. InBody allows nutritionists to measure body composition and track where weight loss is coming from, in a convenient, timely manner.
Visual representation of health risk can be hard to portray to clients. InBody Result Sheets provide a visual representation of a client’s balance between muscle and fat, helping nutritionists educate clients on their overall health risk based on their current body composition. This in-depth assessment allows dietitians to set effective weight loss goals and is a powerful tool for tracking progress to ensure proper improvement is being made. As weight is lost, tracking which compartment the loss is coming from, i.e fat mass instead of lean mass, improves clients’ health and lowers future health risk.
Establish proper nutrition plans with Basal Metabolic Rate
Developing nutritional programs based on a client’s unique caloric needs can be difficult when using indirect calculations. InBody’s Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is a more accurate representation of caloric need that is based on fat-free mass. Through the use of BMR, nutritionists will be able to establish detailed programs aimed specifically at a client’s goal of optimizing fat loss while maintaining muscle mass. Once weight loss has been obtained, weight maintenance through the use of BMR can establish goals to ensure proper nutrition and caloric intake.. Monitoring BMR and changes as lean mass is maintained or gained, will improve maintenance programs and client success.
Nutrition for Elderly Clients
Track excess fat mass with Muscle-Fat Analysis
When guiding elderly clients in nutritional programs, diets must be coordinated to support muscle maintenance or growth in order to reduce the risk of muscle loss and frailty. Additionally, lower physical activity and poor dietary patterns can lead to the development of excess fat mass, which research suggests increases the risk of disease. By monitoring body composition, dietitians can design nutrition programs set to maximize muscle maintenance and growth. Through the use of the Muscle-Fat Analysis, nutritionists can monitor a client’s muscle and fat balance with ease and track any changes between the two compartments over a prolonged period of time.
Detect muscle loss and fat gain over time with Body Composition History
A primary challenge most elderly patients face is the development of fat mass, occurring from a decrease in physical activity and a less nutritious diet, paired with muscle loss. This simultaneous change can mask health risk as a patient’s weight may not always display the change between muscle and fat taking place under the surface. Studies show as fat-free mass decreases, elderly patients become more at risk for developing sarcopenia. This detrimental loss of muscle decreases activity, increasing the likelihood of visceral fat storage, which has been shown through research, drives up the risk for diabetes, CVD, and frailty. Tracking body composition changes with the Body Composition History graph over time allows dietitians to detect muscle loss and fat gain earlier, helping lead to faster intervention and reduction of outputs related to sarcopenia, frailty, and injury.
Prevent performance injury and reduce inflammation with nutrition recovery
Monitor changes of fat and muscle with Muscle-Fat Analysis
Programming for athletic populations takes careful consideration of sports type, time of the season, and desired outcomes. Understanding the specific dietary needs of each sport guides the planning of macro-and micronutrients, however, tracking the progress of lean mass and the balance of lean to fat mass might not become apparent in training programs until these changes have adversely affected performance. InBody allows dietitians to test athletes more frequently to monitor changes from their dietary recommendations. The Muscle-Fat Analysis portrays the amount of skeletal muscle mass and body fat mass, ensuring a proper balance for athletes especially throughout different times of the season.
Adjust performance balance with Segmental Lean Analysis
As the sports season continues to change, so do dietary and exercise regimens. Monitoring muscle-fat balance continues to be a key component but so does tracking where lean mass is being built, lost, or maintained. By understanding changes in Segmental Lean Analysis, dietitians can signify the need for changes to nutrition as well as training programs. Monitoring any changes in lean mass can mean an adjustment needs to be made to prevent decreases in performance. Additionally, measures of body water can signify changes in relative hydration status that may require more precise management of fluid intake. By testing every few weeks dietitians will be able to detect negative changes quicker and address them sooner, increasing performance and success.
Tracking changes in recovery with Body Composition History
When injuries occur, nutritional changes are required based on changes to physical activity levels. Setting a nutrition plan to promote optimal recovery can prevent the negative changes associated with detraining and decreased activity during the recovery period. Tracking these changes frequently throughout the rehabilitation program can help dietitians understand these changes more appropriately and further support athlete recovery.
The frequency of testing is a key component when watching for small changes in body composition, especially in the athletic population where changes can influence performance and sport in a big way. While traditional body composition methods do not provide the ability to regularly track nutritional, training, fluid parameters, InBody’s Body Composition History charts weight, skeletal muscle mass, percent body fat, and ECW/TBW, allowing for dietitians to monitor these variables to identify any changes that might impact athlete performance.
Manage disease risk
Rising obesity rates increase the risk of health conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. However, what most don’t realize is that obesity isn’t the only link with poor health conditions- factors such as low muscle mass can also predispose to disease risk. Nutrition is a major factor in health promotion and therefore a proper nutrition program for medically “at-risk” populations helps manage these risks effectively. While outward appearances might provide some prognostic value, tracking and analyzing body composition changes offers a more comprehensive representation of a client’s health and health risk.
Compare muscle mass to weight with Muscle-Fat Analysis
Simple health risk assessments such as BMI cannot differentiate between fat mass and muscle mass. InBody supplies dietitians with a Muscle-Fat Analysis that shows the balance between the muscle and fat compartments and the health risk associated with an imbalanced composition. Poor food choices might not display outwardly but with this comparison, nutritionists can identify those clients with a high amount of fat mass when compared to overall weight. Through the adoption of better eating habits and proper nutrition, these clients can start to reverse the amount of fat mass, reducing general health risk.
Assess Visceral Fat Area
Visceral fat is another primary contributor to the increased risk of health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. Resulting from excess intake of sugar, processed foods, and alcohol, this highly metabolic type of fat can be reduced through a controlled diet, reducing disease risk. With the ability to monitor body composition parameters including muscle mass, body fat mass, and visceral fat, dietitians can help set more effective nutrition plans geared towards reducing disease risk over time.
Why do nutritionists trust InBody?
All InBody professional body composition analyzers rely on four pillars of technology to deliver quick, accurate and precise results. These pillars allow you to trust that the results reflect your patients’ true health from the inside out.
Direct Segmental Measurement (DSM)
Direct Segmental Measurement (DSM) measures water, muscle mass, and fat mass in the five body segments: right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg, and trunk. By measuring each segment of the body separately, InBody provides an in-depth analysis of the patient’s muscle-fat and fluid balance in each segment independently. Identifying the patient’s lean and fat distribution allows a better assessment of associated health risks while segmental ECW/TBW can be used to help identify systemic or localized inflammation resulting from injury, underlying health conditions or surgical complications.
InBody devices utilize multiple frequencies to measure body water more accurately than commonly-used methods such as weight changes or pitting edema scores. These high and low frequencies measure both intracellular and extracellular water, producing precise measures of each body water compartment. With accurate fluid measures, InBody can be used to monitor fluid imbalances or water retention stemming from inflammation or injury as well as monitor changes resulting from exercise interventions and recovery.
8 Point Tactile Electrodes
InBody uses an 8-Point Tactile Electrode system to ensure that measurements always start in the same place, test after test. This technology creates precise and reproducible results, ensuring that the results obtained are a direct outcome of clinical recommendations and interventions, rather than error.
No Empirical Estimations
InBody does not rely on empirical estimations based on age, gender, or ethnicity to predict results. With the high level of accuracy and precision achieved with the aforementioned technological advancements, InBody does not rely on empirical assumptions based on age or sex when determining body composition, ensuring results are based solely on the individual, increasing sensitivity to the individual’s unique makeup of muscle and fat for effective tracking.