Body composition monitors, also known as body composition scales, are devices that can help you obtain a complete picture of your body composition including body fat, visceral fat, and BMI. They are used to track your diet and health progress day by day and can help you prevent future diseases if you change your lifestyle on time.
Some of the monitors have multiple profiles so they can detect the user who is taking the measurement. How to use a body composition monitor is simple: Just step up, and let the device take your weight and body composition. It is highly recommended that you take the measurement in the morning before you exercise, eat, drink, or take a shower for you to create a pattern and see your progress accurately.
How do scales measure body fat? Body composition scales are based on the BIA (Bio impedance Analysis) principle, sending a weak electrical current through the body. This current cannot be sensed by a person, so you will not feel when is happening. Some of them can connect to the OMRON connect app, so you can receive the measurements on your phone and see your results over a longer period.
Yes you can use a body composition monitor if pregnant for weight tracking. But since body composition monitors measure the electrical conductivity of the soft tissues of the human body, this conductivity (and thus the calculated fat %) may be influenced by the large amount of fluid a woman carries during her pregnancy. Secondly, since the weight of the pregnant woman is also significantly higher than normal, this may also influence the final estimation of the fat %.
OMRON Body Composition Monitors pass a very weak alternating current (50 kHz, 0.5 mA [milliamp]) through the body. This is absolutely safe, however, for wearers of electronic medical devices and implants (pacemakers, electrocardiograms, etc.), this current may cause a malfunction. This group of people is strongly advised NOT to use these monitors.
We recommend you to take the measurement in the morning before you exercise, eat, drink or take a shower. This will give you an opportunity to develop a trend and a good day-by-day comparison. Please bear in mind that during the course of the day water levels tend to decrease. This impacts the various measurement methods.The hand to hand method gives an increasingly fattier result in the course of the day.
Any Body Composition Monitor based on the BIA (Bio Impedance Analysis) principle, sends a weak electrical current through the body. This electrical current cannot be sensed by a person, but a cardiac pacemaker may pickup the signal and could become unpredictable.
Visceral fat = fat surrounding internal organs Too much visceral fat is thought to be closely linked to increased levels of fat in the bloodstream, which can lead to common diseases such as hyperlipidaemia and diabetes, which impairs the ability of insulin to transfer energy from the bloodstream and using it in cells. In order to prevent or improve conditions of common diseases, it is important to try and reduce visceral fat levels to an acceptable level. People with high visceral fat levels tend to have large stomachs. However, this is not always the case and high visceral fat levels can lead to metabolically obese. Metabolically obese (visceral obesity with normal weight) represents fat levels that are higher than average, even if a person’s weight is at or below the standard for their height.