BIA – Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis or Bioimpedance Analysis is a sophisticated way to measure and assess your body’s composition.
It measures, among other things, the amount of body fat in relation to lean body mass. Based on this analysis, your healthcare professional can choose the proper meal plan for you and monitor your progress every month or so.
When my weight loss progress was seemingly stagnant — I had hit a plateau, the BIA showed that I had decreased the fat and increased the lean body mass (muscle). That made me feel better. Moreover, muscle weighs more than fat. The scale can be stuck, but if your clothes are too big, then you’re still on the right track.
Nevertheless, I’m at the point where I’m toning and trying to lose the last 5 pounds. I am focusing more on my thighs and belly. I do 30-60 minutes of resistance and light weight-lifting exercises at least 6 days a week. In the Phoenix summer heat, I hate even getting into the car to drive over to walk the mall, so I do that at only once a week for cardio.
I’m looking forward to cooler mornings so I can go hiking again! I know that with the cooler weather and my getting out more on the trails, as long as I control my eating, I will lose more weight.
The BIA also gives your Base Metabolic Rate – how many calories you burn at rest. The more muscle you have in your body, the more you burn at rest. That increased significantly for me. This helps the nutritionist select the right amount of calories you need to eat daily to lose weight or to maintain – stay at your weight goal. That’s the tough part!
The last BIA showed Dr. French that I had too much water weight. So, he put me on another supplement. Amazing how everything is connected.