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Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA)

19 Feb
English: Soehnle body scale with integrated bo...

English: Soehnle body scale with integrated body fat and water monitor. Dansk: Soehnle badevægt med integreret kropsfedtmåler og kropsvandmåler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today I am having my first Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA). I didn’t even know what that was before today. BIA is being offered as part of our wellness plan at work. Should be interesting. I thought I was just meeting with a dietician. I admit to being a little scared when I read, “due to the use of a small electrical pulse, those who are pregnant or have a pacemaker should not use BIA.” Of course I am neither pregnant nor do I have a pacemaker. But still.

 

Apparently the BIA device looks like a bathroom scale and you just stand on it barefoot for a minute to find out your body composition profile, including weight, body fat % (total and segmental), body water %, muscle mass, bone mass, daily calorie needs, metabolic age and physique rating. It’s a way to track your progress over time, for things like trying to become more fit, better hydrated or to simply have an idea of health status as time goes by.