“Body fat is a better predictor of a person's health than weight.”
~Donald D. Hensrud, MD, Mayo Clinic

BODPOD: Measuring body composition with a validated method

In obesity, abdominal or visceral fat is the main factor causing health risks. Reducing this visceral fat is a crucial goal in the treatment of overweight and obesity . At the same time, the maintenance of other tissues, known as lean body mass, is of great importance. Lean mass refers to body weight minus fat mass. Total body weight is determined by body composition, including water, bone mass, muscle mass and fat mass. It is therefore essential to have an accurate insight into body composition, so that it becomes clear whether fat tissue has been reduced while maintaining lean body mass.

Muscle mass is more dense than fat mass, making assessment of tissue changes through weight loss less accurate.

A reliable indication of healthy weight loss, which mainly involves reducing fat mass, is the maintenance of muscle mass . Maintaining muscle mass and strength must therefore be an integral part of the overall approach to the treatment of overweight and obesity.

Validated method

To measure muscle mass indirectly, a validated method for measuring body composition must be used. It is advisable to either perform one measurement with an indirect method or to perform two measurements with different double-indirect methods. Examples of a validated indirect method are densitometry with the BODPOD.

Golden standard

A BOD POD measurement is the “gold standard” in the field of body composition. He tells you everything about your body composition and metabolism in less than 3 minutes. The Lifestyle Docs Clinics team is trained in interpreting these measurements. We provide you with tailor-made advice and help you make better nutritional choices, supplemented with information about behavioral change and exercise.

The BOD POD measurement

How much inner fat do you have? What is your risk of chronic diseases as a result? How many calories do you burn, whether at rest, sitting or when you are active? And what does this mean for your diet or fitness routine? Get measured!

The Lifestyle Docs Clinics has the only freely accessible BODPOD in the Netherlands. You can contact us without a referral for a single BODPOD measurement or a subscription. This way you can accurately monitor the effect of your diet and/or fitness progress. This is inspiring and motivating and provides insight, support and guidance. These measurements are not reimbursed by your health insurer but you must pay for them yourself.

Inquire about the options here or book your measurement directly here .

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