The following are commonly asked questions regarding No Limit’s InBody Testing Machine
The InBody test lasts between 45 seconds to 120 seconds
The bottom of your feet must be in direct contact with the electrodes, clothing items such as shoes, socks, stockings or leggings must be removed for the most accurate results.
Before a test, you should:
• Refer to the No Limit Checklist at least 24 hours prior to testing
Avoid testing if before the test, you:
• Exercised strenuously at least 6-12 hours prior
• Used a sauna or steam room
Changes in body composition reflect body status, which may be affected by factors such as disease, nutrition, hydration, and medication. Accessories such as jewelry may interfere with the electrical conductivity.
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.
Body water volume is closely related to fat free body mass. When fat free mass is subtracted from total weight, body fat mass remains.
InBody devices use direct segmental measurement bioelectrical impedance analysis (DSM-BIA), a patented technology, to precisely measure body composition by sending multiple electrical currents through the body, resulting in up to six different impedance readings for the trunk and each of the four limbs. The innovative in-depth analysis of the InBody Test yields accurate results for body composition outputs, such as body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, (segmental) lean body mass, and percent body fat.
Impedance is defined as the strength and speed of an electrical current through the body, measured in Ohms. Bioelectrical impedance analysis is based on the fact that tissues with high water content act as a conductor of an electrical current, whereas fat tissue interferes with electrical conductivity. The more fat there is in the body, the higher the impedance
Historically, BIA technology, 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.
Weight and body water changes can occur with the introduction of meals and fluids, or with a change in environment. Circulation of body water may also cause changes in water distribution throughout the day. It is recommended that repeat tests be performed under the same testing conditions, in the same environment, and at the same time of day as the initial test.
After my test is completed and referring the results, what am I supposed to be looking at?
Review your overall body composition percentages. Use your PBF score and translate your current results using the No Limit Body Fat % Chart.
The frequency of measurement is fully dependent on each facility and program. InBody recommends testing every 4-8 weeks.
Unlike the well-researched and accepted guideline that an individual should lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week, body fat percentage loss is not as well studied and no official guidelines have been published. Still, most experts agree that a 1% loss per month is generally safe and doable.
How Can I Decrease My Body Fat?
Weight loss alone won’t necessarily lead to huge decreases in body fat since weight loss without exercise will lead to decreases in lean mass as well. If you really want to decrease your body fat percentage you’ve got to eat better, do cardiovascular exercise AND remember to do resistance training to build up your lean mass, otherwise about 25% of every pound you lose will come from lean, calorie-burning muscle.