What is Hydrostatic Testing?
Hydrostatic Testing (Underwater Weighing) has become universally regarded by industry experts as the “Gold Standard” in body fat testing.
Body Analytics hydrostatic method uses a two component model which separates the body in 2 areas:
- Bone, muscle, and organs along with connective tissue collectively known as lean mass sinks (More Dense than Water).
- Body Fat-floats (Less Dense than Water).
By obtaining your dry weight and water weight (based on buoyancy) our specialized computer program can scientifically calculate your body fat as a percentage of your total weight. The ordinary land scale cannot tell you if weight loss is muscle or fat, while testing with Body Analytics will tell you exactly what took place with your body during your weight loss regiment.
Clinically speaking, the hydrostatic testing method has been around for over 50 years and is based on Archimedes principle which states “that when a body is submerged in water, there is a buoyant counter force equal to the weight of the water which is displaced”. Again, because bone and muscle are denser than water, a person with a larger percentage of lean body mass will weigh more in the water and ultimately have a lower body fat percentage versus someone with less lean muscle mass. A person with more body fat will be lighter in water because body fat floats and lean tissue, muscle, connective tissue, bones, etc. sink.
Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing (Hydro-Densitometry): According to research, “Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing “is still the “Gold Standard” to which all methods of body fat testing still compare themselves.
Resting Metabolic Rate:
Your resting metabolic rate is the the amount of calories your body burns while at rest.
This number is very important to know. Why? Well you have to take in enough calories to function normally without the right amount of caloric intake your body goes into survival mode(starvation).
While in this mode your body slows down the metabolism and goes for the next best source for energy and that would be muscle.
Sensing that you are under eating your body then goes into fat storage mode. So anything you eat will promptly be stored as fat.
The key to fat loss is to maintain your RMR and keep the metabolism high. This will preserve the muscle and allow your body to use carbohydrates and fat as it’s source of energy. Obviously the quality of calories you consume plays a major role in overall health.
Certain factors such as age, gender, and genetics that help determine our metabolism ; however, there is hope because we can change or increase our activity level and thus our lean mass. Furthermore, muscle is metabolically active and the more you have the higher your metabolism. Alternatively, extreme diets and overly excessive exercise can tear down your lean mass and lower your metabolism.