Body Composition Assessment
What is a BODY STAT?
This test is a measurement of your body composition. This assessment allows for the estimation of your combined muscle mass and bone mass, total fat weight and total body water using a method of bioelectrical impedance.
This modern technology provides a fast and effective method to assess what your body is made up of. This provides your doctor, nurse practitioner and/or nutritionist with a more accurate assessment of your ideal body weight based on your muscle mass, helping to set realistic weight goals. It is an effective tool for monitoring fat & muscle weight, and the effects diet and exercise have on the body.
How is it done?
The test is a fast, non-invasive measurement. You will be asked to remove all jewelry and metal accessories, as metal will influence the test results. You will be also asked to remove socks, stockings and shoes. An electrode will be placed on your hand, wrist, ankle and foot. These will be connected to the Body Stat unit. You will be asked to relax and rest as the test is activated.
How long does it take?
It is a very quick test as it only takes roughly 10 minutes in total; test preparation takes about 5-minutes, the actual test takes a few seconds, and the printing of your results takes about 5 minutes.
How can you book your BODY STAT?
Patients that are receiving nutritional care from our nutritionist will be offered this test at their second visit.
COST: There is no cost for this test. It is part of your second visit, and will be repeated as needed by your nutritionist.
What do you need to do to prepare for the test?
- Do not eat for 4-5 hours prior to the test
- Do not exercise for 12 hours prior to your test
- Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours prior to the test
- Avoid caffeine containing drinks like tea, coffee and cola beverages for 4 hours prior to the test
- Remain well hydrated but stop drinking any liquid 1 hour prior to your test
- Empty your bladder prior to the test
How often do we need to repeat these tests?
The frequency of testing is decided between you and your nutritionist. A general recommendation is to have this assessment monthly as it will help you monitor your body composition changes.
When is the test NOT recommended?
Variations in the test result can occur:
- During menstruation
- During Pregnancy
- With Kidney or heart failure
- When using diuretics
- Any conditions causing water retention or loss
- If you have a metal plate or pins, discuss this with your doctor, nurse practitioner or nutritionist prior to testing
Important: This test is not recommended for females in the early stages of pregnancy or subjects with pacemakers or any implantable electronic device.