What is Body Composition?

The Physique Science team provide the most comprehensive body composition consultation service in Queensland.

Body composition, quite simply, is understanding how your total body weight is shared across your soft-tissues and bones.


If you like a bit more detail...

Your total body weight is made up of two main components. Very broadly, it is the combined weight of your:

  • Bone and 
  • Soft tissues

Your soft tissue is broken up in to:

  • Fat and
  • Fat free-mass also called lean soft tissue. This includes your muscles and everything else including your internal organs, water, blood vessels etc

While weighing yourself tells you how heavy you are overall, it doesn't tell you anything about changes in these different components. 

Body impedance analyses, skin-folds, the tanita scales all try to measure the different components (particularly muscle and fat) but they're all affected by changes in the water balance in our bodies... and the skills of the person taking the measurements.

DEXA data, on the other hand, is considered a more reliable method to assess lean body mass and body fat percentage in clinical research and athletic practice.

A DEXA scan at Physique Science can identify changes in body fat and muscle mass as small as 200-300g. This is much more accurate than body fat scales or skin-fold  measurements where errors of 1-2kg can be common.

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