Body mass index
While developing fitness and health, it is necessary to correctly understand your body composition. According to the medical industry, monitoring body mass index (BMI) is an ideal method to assess healthy weight. BMI is the ratio of weight in kilograms to height in meters squared.
However, from this definition, it is clear that the BMI calculator does not distinguish between muscle mass and fat, as only the overall weight of an individual is taken into account. So, for example, after a program of lifting weights, muscle mass will increase and as a result, your BMI will increase too – which is an indication of unhealthy outcome but actually the reverse is true.
Therefore, accurate measurement of health cannot be obtained from a BMI calculation. Many fitness professionals are exploring ways to use body composition as a measure of assessing the health status of individuals.
By observing the changes in fluid, lean mass and fat, this approach also provides a healthy understanding of how the body functions and what is happening within the body, which in turn encourages people to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Portable Bodystat machine for body composition measurement
A portable Bodystat machine can measure body composition in a rapid, cost-effective, and non-invasive manner. Using a machine that measures bio-electrical impedance (BIA), the quantity of fat, water, and lean muscle present in the body can be accurately quantified.
As part of the test, the subject is laid down and two electrodes are applied to the foot and the hand. After passing a small electrical frequency through the body, the reactance and resistance to the current flow are measured.
With these results, you can track the building of muscle, lose of fat, or monitor hydration – which is important for peak performance. This information can be both motivational and encouraging when starting a fitness program, providing insights and daily trending data to individuals to monitor their progress.
Using Bluetooth, it is possible to download the results directly to a portable printer or to the NEW BIAS Windows software for instant analysis. It is recommended that you use the NEW BIAS Software when repeating tests on the same subject, when monitoring the changes in body composition.
Benefits of BODYSTAT technology
Bodystat is used as a valuable revenue earner for health professionals by charging for every BODYSTAT test or as a promotional or motivation tool, offering a value-added service to sell on to existing or new customers.
Based on the responses from its large customer base, the BODYSTAT technology is advantageous in many ways:
- It uses a high-tech cutting-edge method for body composition measurement
- Performs tests rapidly
- Non-invasive and portable
- Has good reproducible qualities and hence, do not require complex training or acquired skills
Bodystat Ltd, a British company incepted in 1990 with over two decades of experience in business, is involved in the development of innovative bio-impedance systems.
Bodystat Limited is a Global Market Leader in Body Composition Analysis using Bioelectrical-Impedance Analysis (BIA). Bodystat focuses on the research, development, manufacture and marketing of innovative bio-impedance products using proven techniques, which are safe, reliable and deliver reproducible results.
Our Story, so far
In 1990, our Managing Director and CEO moved from the sunny coastal landscape of picturesque South Africa, to set up Bodystat on the 'not-so-warm' Isle of Man in the United Kingdom. He moved his whole family with two young children, holding only the belief in Bodystat and the technology.
Bodystat began from those early days in one room in the family home, where the whole family were involved in the business.
These were tough, nail-biting times, encompassing long days and even longer nights, like most new business start-ups. Before the days of internet and email snail-mail was the only method of advertising, and there were times when we wondered if Bodystat would make it.
Through tremendous hard work and perseverance, and a strong belief in the technology and product, Bodystat eventually became known as one of the world leaders in BIA (bio-electrical impedance analysis).
Due to those early days of dedicated research into understanding everything there was to know about the product and technology, we still pride ourselves as experts in this field. Bodystat is now located in the office building in the picture - a long way from one small room in the family home!
We always have considered ourselves a family business, and all our customers are welcomed into our family unit. Pick up the phone and you speak directly to us. We are passionate in what we do, dedicated to share our passion with you, our customers, and believe in the future of BIA.
The possibilities are infinite!
Join us in the discovery of new methods in which BIA can help improve the understanding of the human body.
Why BIA, Why Bodystat?
- Measures fat-free mass and calculates fat mass
- Some models include measurement or calculation of body cell mass, total body water, intracellular water extracellular water
- Safe, non-invasive, fast, and inexpensive
- Lightweight, portable devices which can be used at the bedside
- May be useful to assess total body water in individuals with altered metabolic function
- Excellent consistency and precision for repeated measurements.
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