The Tanita Body Composition Analyzer requires the user to input age, height, gender, body type and estimated weight of clothing. The user must remove shoes and socks and step onto the platform. Bare feet must be in contact with the electrodes on the platform while measurements are taken. After weight stabilizes, impedance is measured. After measurements are taken all other data is calculated and reported.
The print out reports the following information: (This was my initial analysis at the beginning of the Biggest Loser Camp.)
Body Type: Standard (In comparison, an athletic body type is defined by TANITA as a person involved in physical activity for at least 10 hours per week with a resting heart rate of 60 beats per minute.)
Height: 5ft 6in (1.66 meters)
Weight: 162.4lb (73.66kg)
BMI: 26.2 (Body Mass Index is a height to weight ratio depicted by the formula: kg/m^2)
FAT%: 21.1% (The percentage of total body weight that is fat.)
BMR: 7020 kJ, 1678 kcal (Basal Metabolic Rate represents the total energy expended by the body to maintain normal functions at rest. It is proportional to fat-free mass.)
Impedance: 474 ohms (Impedance reflects the body’s inherent resistance to an electrical current. Muscle acts as a conductor of electrical current, adipose tissue acts as a resistor. Normal range for the human body is 300-1000 ohms. Men tend to have lower resistance due to larger muscles.)
Fat Mass: 34.2lb (Total weight of fat in the body.)
FFM: 128.2lb (Also referred to as lean body mass it is a function of height, weight, age, and resistance. Formula: FFM = Weight – (Weight/FAT%))
TBW: 93.8lb (Total Body Water is the amount of water retained in the body. TBW is said to comprise 50-70% of total body weight.)
Desirable Range: (These numbers are specific to each user.)
Fat Mass: 11.2-32.0lb
My goal by the end of the Biggest Loser Camp is to reduce my FAT% to 18% or less. On Wednesday’s mid-camp weigh-in I’m hoping that my FAT% is 20% or less.