Body Fat Testing

Seattle Body Fat Testing
Don’t Guess, Test!

We offer body fat testing with with a professional grade, multi-frequency, bio-impedance analyzer called the InBody 520. With an InBody 520 body composition analysis, you can look beyond the number on the scale and see what your body is really made of! What set’s us apart from the rest? We pair the test with nutritional consultation so you can up-level your body and health.



Body Fat Analysis + Mini-Nutrition Consult

Get your body fat tested with our InBody 520 body fat analyzer, receive a full report and interpretation of your body composition, and then have a Mini-Nutrition Consult with nutritionist Shana Hopkins MS, CN to receive professional nutrition advice on how to up-level your diet to ignite fat loss and optimize your health. Pairing your Body Fat Analysis with a Mini-Nutrition Consult is the most effective way to get started on the path to your health transformation. This is the perfect pairing for those not ready to commit to a longer program, or those who just want some no-nonsense, professional nutrition advice to feel better, boost energy, balance blood sugars, and ignite fat loss. You will leave with some foundational tools and ideas you can implement the very next day to start your health transformation. This is a simple, one-and-done nutrition strategy session for first-time clients only. What are you waiting for? $95

Call 206-251-8121 to learn more and schedule.

The Importance of Testing Your Body Fat

Most individuals measure their success on a weight loss program by checking the scale. The challenge, however, with just checking scale weight, and pounds lost, is that this number doesn’t provide the whole picture. This is because a change in scale weight doesn’t distinguish between lean body mass and fat mass, so you may get an inaccurate assessment of your progress by relying on scale weight alone. One of the most important things you can do to ensure long-term weight management success is to lose body fat while maintaining or even increasing lean body mass.

A better assessment of success during weight loss is to undergo body composition analysis – or body fat testing. This is because total body weight is comprised of both lean tissue and fat tissue. Lean tissue includes bone, muscle, and organ. Fat tissue, for the most part, is the body fat that serves as a reserve of energy for later use. Lean tissue, of which muscle is a significant portion, serves as a “metabolic engine” and is considered healthy weight. Fat tissue however, when too high, can contribute to inflammation and puts one at risk for diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Over the lifespan, it is important to keep fat in a healthy range to prevent disease and optimize health. At the same time, it is as important to maintain lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass helps to boost metabolism, reduce “inches”, and maintain strength, movement, and posture as one ages. Don’t discount muscle mass!

Testing and following your body composition over time while losing weight or training for an event can provide you with the metrics to make sure your program is working, and you are achieving the results you want.

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Protocol to Follow Prior to Your Test:

  • Drink 1 – 2 cups of water the morning of the test, to hydrate your body. It is important to be properly hydrated.
  • Do not eat 2 hours prior to test.
  • Limit consumption of liquid 30 minutes before test.
  • Do not exercise strenuously 2 hours before the test.
  • Do not preform overly strenuous exercise that your body is not use to, the day before the test. This means if you are use to running 5 miles every day, it is okay to run 5 miles the day before the test. If your body isn’t use to a 5 mile run, then do not run 5 miles the day before the test.
  • Do not use the steam room or sauna before the test.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol the day of the test, as they are diuretics and may disrupt your body water balance.
  • Use the bathroom, if needed, right before the test.
  • Wear light clothing, nothing heavy or bulky, for the testing. We do have a changing room available.
  • Know your exact height in inches, as we will need this data for the testing.
  • For females, avoid testing when pregnant or during menstruation.

Taking the Test:

  • Go to the bathroom if needed.
  • Remove all metal jewelry.
  • Know your height, as we will need this measurement.
  • Step onto the InBody with your bare feet and your mass will be measured by the scale
  • When directed, we will raise the handgrips of the InBody into your hands and hold your arms away from your body
  • Relax, breath normally, look forward and refrain from speaking
  • Your test will be complete in just under 1 minute
  • Step off of the InBody and relax while we print the results

Reviewing the Results – you will obtain metrics in each of these key areas:

  • Body Fat Percentage and Mass – learn if you are within the recommended reference range, and if not, how much fat loss would be suggested to achieve a normal result.
  • Lean Mass — how much lean tissue does your body have and is it optimal, or do you need to add more muscle for optimal health.
  • Segmental Lean Mass – tells us how much muscle you have in each arm, each leg, and the upper body.
  • Body Weight and Height
  • Basal Metabolic Rate – how many calories does your body require each day based on your test results.
  • Intracellular, Extracellular Water, and Total Body Water – check hydration status and how your body holds water.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Is BIA Technology Accurate?

  •  Historically, BIA technology, devices, and results have been met with some degree of skepticism. However, InBody technology addresses these concerns with its technological features and provides great precision and accuracy for total body and regional measurements.

How accurate is the InBody compared to DEXA?

  • The InBody is considered to be approximately 98% accurate when compared against DEXA.

How high is the reproducibility of the InBody?

  • Under the same testing conditions, it shows within an average of +/- 2% of percent body fat.

How often can you measure body composition?

  • The frequency of measurement is fully dependent on each facility and program. InBody recommends testing every 4 weeks.

How long does it take to perform the test?

  • The InBody Test itself lasts between 15 seconds and 120 seconds. However, we schedule 15 minutes for the testing and interpretation of the test. This allows you time to ask questions, and gives you a full understanding of your test results.

Why do I need to remove my socks and shoes for the test?

  • Because the bottom of your feet must be in direct contact with the electrodes, clothing items such as shoes, socks, or stockings must be removed for accurate results.

What can be worn during testing?

  • For ideal test conditions, it is the best to wear light clothing. Shorts and a t-shirt or leggings are ideal. Limit wearing any accessories or metal during the test. It is also recommended to avoid wearing bulky clothing that weighs a lot, as this may result in minor changes to weight, affecting the results.

Who should not take an InBody test?

  • People with artificial electrical implants such as a defibrillator or pacemaker should not be tested. The electrical currents of the InBody may disrupt the functionality of life-sustaining implants.
    • Women who are on their menstrual cycle may not obtain accurate results due to subtle changes in their hydration and body water levels.
    • Pregnant women are not recommended to take the test because of the body’s constant fluctuations during pregnancy.

Can the InBody test people with prosthetic limbs?

  • Unfortunately, the InBody’s electrical currents are unable to flow through prosthetic limbs. The electrodes must come into contact with the body at all eight contact points: thumbs, palms, soles, and heels.

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We are located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle.