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Weight is more than just a number

March 30, 2018

Weight is more than just a number

Tom Dodsworth, an exercise specialist at the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital, demonstrates the InBody system.

Whether you are hoping to lose body fat or gain muscle, the best approach is one that takes into account more than just the number on the scale. Each of our bodies has a different composition of muscle, fat and water. Knowing these percentages can help you design a fitness or weight loss plan that’s specific to your unique needs and personal goals.

The Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital now offers personalized body composition evaluations— a simple, pain-free device uses low-level electrical current to track body fat, muscle mass and total body water.

Tom Dodsworth, MA, CAFS, ACE-CPT, an exercise specialist at the Sewall Healthy Living Center, performs the tests and evaluates the results, and then offers feedback to clients looking to optimize their fitness plans.

According to Dodsworth, the InBody system provides the following information:

Body composition evaluation— helps you understand body weight
The InBody system divides the number you see on the scale into water, muscle and body fat. Using these metrics allows the clinician to identify the areas needing greater focus. In some instances, reducing body fat is needed; in others, gaining weight may be necessary. Don’t let a regular scale deceive you.

According to the American Council on Exercise, a healthy body fat range is 14 to 31 percent for women and 6 to 24 percent for men. A body fat percentage of more than 32 percent for women and more than 25 percent for men is considered obese.

Segmented lean analysis — helps you balance muscle growth
This test tells you how many pounds of lean mass you have distributed in each portion of your body. Lean mass is the total weight of your body minus the weight due to fat, and includes organs, skin, bones, water and muscle. This information can help you focus on balancing skeletal muscle across the arms, legs and trunk — which includes chest, abdomen and back — and where you may need to shift your focus.

Segmented fat analysis — helps you manage fat distribution
You may already know where your body holds onto weight, but this analysis provides details on how much body fat resides in your arms, legs and trunk. It also includes visceral fat levels, which is the fat content surrounding your organs.

Body composition history — helps you track your progress
Once you set a baseline of your body composition, InBody results allow you to monitor and track the muscle and body fat changes in your body. Understanding how your body processes water, distributes body fat, and builds and maintains muscle is important for meeting fitness goals and improving healthy habits.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).

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