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Here at Cabrillo Beach Chiropractor, we are using a tool called InBody 570 to determine your body composition. This tool determines percentages of skeletal muscle mass, body fat and water. Why might you need an InBody? Here are just a few reasons:

#1 Help reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease is a collective term for disorders of the heart and blood vessels that increase your likelihood of developing things like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, dementia, stroke and diabetes. One of the most important identifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease is your body composition and more specifically your visceral fat. Visceral fat is the body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity. It is stored around a number of important internal organs including the liver, pancreas and intestines. Visceral fat being present in our bodies increases inflammation and changes the way our hormones are regulated. This can not only lead to disease but also makes it harder to lose weight.
With the help of Doctor Zo, you can reduce your visceral fat and risk for disease, but it is important to track and identify it. Identifying this risk factor is one of the most important reasons to get an InBody test.

#2 Know your body composition.

There are three different types of body composition for the same weight! Three individuals with this same exact weight and BMI can have much different body compositions, and therefore risk factors for disease.

The first type of body composition is an athletic build. This person will have a high skeletal muscle mass, low body fat percentage and low visceral fat. This type of body composition is at lowest risk for cardiovascular disease.

The second type of body composition with the same weight and height could be someone with average amount of skeletal muscle and body fat based on their height. This type of body composition would be at an average risk of heart disease.

A third type is a body composition consists of low skeletal muscle mass and a higher body fat percentage. This is referred to as “skinny fat”. This body type is at much higher risk for cardiovascular disease due to their increased fat percentage. This body type is important to identify because it is often not put into high risk categories due to their normal BMI. It is important to identify these body composition types to prevent future disease.
Without the content body fat percentage and skeletal muscle mass provides, it’s very difficult to understand what your weight on the scale means and whether you need to consider making changes to improve your body composition to prevent disease.

#3 Track your progress

Have you ever been trying to lose weight and it seems like that number on the scale will just not move, not matter how hard you work? So many of my patients get frustrated and even give up when they feel like they are not making progress.

As we have determined the number on the scale is not a very useful measurement tool. So why would you use this to track your progress? By using body fat percentages and muscle mass as a measurement of success instead, you will be able to see your muscle mass rise even if your weight is not moving. Often when you begin working out your muscle mass rises while your body fat drops, preventing any movement in your actual weight. For some, being able to see this progress is important to them to stay motivated and continue on their path of a healthier lifestyle. Using InBody 570 testing throughout this process can help you see the changes that are happening in your body and see how your overall health is improving and risk factor decreasing. Stop worrying about the number on the scale and look at the big picture with your body composition!

#4 Have more targeted workouts

Another reason InBody testing might be right for you is if you are an athlete looking to achieve peak performance. One of the cool features to InBody testing is that it breaks down your body composition into each segment. So for avid athletes looking for targeted areas of workout, InBody can help. It can tell you if you need to work on your skeletal muscle mass in your legs versus your arms, or if your left arm has a little less muscle mass compared to your right arm. Change your work out routines and then track your changes through InBody.
In addition to targeting workout, it has been shown that by simply tracking your body composition on a regular basis you can your boost endurance and shorten recovery periods from exercise.

The InBody 570 body composition testing can be an invaluable tool for your health. Assessing your body composition can not only help you reduce your risk for disease but allows you to understand more about your body then just the number on the scale.

If you have an interest in living a healthy lifestyle, if you try your best to eat a healthy diet, if you work to keep your body weight under control, if you are an athlete trying to optimize your health, or if you just want to understand your body and your potential risk for disease, then InBody testing might be right for you.

One Body. One Lifetime,

Doctor Zo, DC


InBody is 98.4% accurate compared to DEXA considered as gold standard in Body composition analysis and reproducibility of results is as high as 99% . Best time for the measurement is to take the measurement in the morning after having a cup of water to hydrate your body.

Preparing for your InBody Test

  • Do not eat for 3-4 hours before testing.
  • Do not exercise for 6-12 hours before testing.
  • Ensure access to both feet with removable footwear and socks.
  • Do not drink caffeine on the day of your test and be well hydrated.
  • Do not shower or sauna immediately prior to test.

Whatever your goals may be, an important thing to keep in mind during your health journey is that skinny does NOT always equal healthy!!