Body fat is important for determining fitness. The human body is composed of a variety of different types of tissues including lean tissue (muscles, bones and organs) that are metabolically active and fat (adipose) tissue that is not. Body weight does not distinguish between pounds that come from fat and pounds that come from lean tissue (muscle) and therefore is not a clear indicator of health.
What is the best method for testing?
Having your body fat tested allows you to determine how much of your composition is made up of fat and this is a better indicator of your overall health. There are several methods to choose from and each has its advantages and disadvantages. The best bet is to pick one method and stick with it, use the same technician for each test performed, watch trends rather than specific numbers and your results will be accurate for you. At Fit for Life we choose skinfold caliper testing because it works for all populations of people.
Our Exercise Physiologists and Personal Trainers have over 30 years of combined experience in body fat testing, we are confident in our analyses and we can design a program specifically for you!