Our conversations on diet and fitness tend to focus on the amount of weight that we want to gain and lose. What they fail to consider is that two people of the same sex and body weight may look completely different from each other because they have a different body composition. Body composition describes the amount of fat, bone, water, and muscle in the body. Measuring your body composition will tell you - your own body’s unique makeup and help you identify areas to work on to improve your overall health and wellness.
Being thin does not automatically reduce one’s health risk—“skinny fat” people can carry the same elevated health risks as an obese person.
People who are skinny fat may look thin and healthy because they have an acceptable amount of subcutaneous fat—the type of fat stored just under the skin—but they have increased health risks due to an excessive amount of visceral fat (the type of fat stored around the internal organs) and too little muscle mass.
A healthy balance of fat and muscle is a vital component of long-term health. Having sufficient muscle mass helps bolster the immune system to fight off illnesses, support good posture, enhance mobility, and prevent frailty in old age.
We always encourage & help our clients to improve their body composition and not just focus on weight.