Body Composition

Body composition is a way of presenting information about the overall makeup of the body and its weight. This method includes information about body water, fat, minerals, and protein. This data gives a clear image of where all the weight in the body comes from in a way that is more complete than a BMI rating. Using this method, body fat percentage, fat mass, and muscle mass can all be thoroughly tracked in a way that serves as a valuable guide to your weight management venture.

What Elements Are Considered In Body Composition?

There are two models used to describe body composition, each version breaking down information in its own way.

The 2C model classifies the information gathered into two categories that are used to determine your body fat percentage:

  • Fat Mass – This value represents the amount of fat the body has. Body fat serves a series of critical functions, including regulating body temperature, protecting internal organs, insulating the body, storing energy, among a host of other functions. Body fat values less than 4% is cause for medical concern and not conducive to long term health.
  • Fat-Free Mass – Any mass in your body that isn’t classified as fat is, by definition, fat-free mass. This includes skeletal muscle mass, internal organs, water, etc. Body fat percentage is determined by dividing your fat mass by your total body weight.
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The 4C model is a more comprehensive breakdown of your body composition, resulting in four separate component values. These include:

  • Body Water –The average human body is more than 50% water. This is a result of bodily fluids that contain water, including muscles, body fat, blood, etc. This component is capable of being broken down further into extracellular and intracellular water.
  • Protein –This value represents the protein contents of the muscles.
  • Minerals –Your body stores minerals in two locations, your bone tissue, and bloodstream.
  • Fat –This component represents the amount of fat in the body. This is broken down further into three separate values.
    • DLM (Dry Lean Mass) –The bone material and protein in your body is described as your Dry Lean Mass.
    • LBM (Lean Body Mass) –Your DLM and body water combine to create your LBM value.
    • SMM (Skeletal Muscle Mass) –This value describes the muscles that allow movement and is connected to your bones.

Both styles of Body Composition analysis are valuable for aiding you in your health journey. Working with the professionals at Physicians Premier Weight & Wellness Center will involve a full Body Composition analysis that will be used in your care. If you’re ready to start your weight-loss or management journey with our team, call Dr. Trupti Patel for an appointment today. You’ll be brought in for a full examination and consultation to determine the best methods for reaching your long-term health goals. You can drop by our office at 25055 Riding Plz Suite #230 in South Riding, VA 20152, or call us at 703-783-5673 to schedule your appointment today!