Body composition analysis is important for determining ideal weight, assessing calorie expenditure and is imperative for customizing meal plans.  The key to successful nutrition counseling is determining the macronutrient ratio of protein, carbohydrate, fat ratio based on Lean Body Mass, Basal Metabolic Rate, Activities of Daily Living, Resting Energy Expenditure and calories utilized by Aerobic and Anaerobic exercises.

Segmental body composition analysis is important for providing individualized clinical meal plans when managing blood sugars are important.  Hunger, appetite, cravings and fatigue decrease and energy levels and lean muscle mass increase while stabilizing blood sugars throughout the day.

The key is to have meal planning software that your assistant can provide patients in less than 3 minutes and also increases nutritional compliance substantially.

Long term patient compliance will also increase when if you can provide healthy supermarket foods, and food combinations from local grocery stores based on patients, lean muscle metabolism, activity level and lifestyle.

The initial body composition studies were performed at the University of Southern California, (USC) using the hydro-static under water weighing tank, which is considered the gold standard for accuracy in measuring body composition analysis. DEXA is now considered the gold standard and the accuracy of the Lifestyle Nutrition Metabolic analyzer is comparatively accurate.

Published Data “A Simple And Accurate Method For the Clinical Diagnosis Of Obesity” R.N. Girandola, Ed.D., S. A. Contarsy, M.A. R.A. Wiswell, Ph.D., and Raul Artal, M.D. Department of Exercise Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652

References include two National Institute of Health (NIH ) reviews, American Clinical of Clinical Nutrition Peer reviewed studies and many more.


BMI is not accurate for assessing health risk, since it is simply a height weight relationship and does not take into consideration lean muscle, body water, cartilage,  and bone. Segmental body composition analysis is much more accurate for determining risk for diseases and overall health.

Using segmental body composition analysis data to provide clinical meal plans are especially important with Cancer, Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Cardiac, Hypertension, Lipid Management, PCOS,  Inflammation, Hunger Management, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Hypothyroid, Sports Nutrition, GI – IBS, GERD, Immune Function and many more diseases and pre-diseases.

“Measuring Body Composition Analysis is Pointless, Unless You Coordinate a Clinical Custom Meal Plan With It.”

Mathematical algorithms were developed, correlating the electrical impedance to the hydro-static tank and the data was published in medical journals such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Body Composition Analyzer

Dr. Robert Girandiola

Primary Clinical Investigator

Lifestyle Nutrition’s Professional Metabolic and Body Composition Analyzer

Electrodes are placed on the patient’s right hand and foot and a small current of electricity is sent through the body and the impedance is measured. Muscle is 70-75% water so electricity flows quickly with less impedance and fat is 3-13% water so electricity flows slowly.

View Video for Demonstration – Test takes less than 1 minute

The results of the body composition analysis studies suggest that the 4 electrode upper and lower impedance testing has a plus or minus 2% accuracy as compared to the hydro-static tank. Retest accuracy on the same patient for the Lifestyle Nutrition body composition analyzer  is approximately plus or minus ½ % accuracy.

Using the Lifestyle Nutrition Segmental Body Composition Analyzer for measuring change within the same patient it becomes a useful and reliable tool.

For example, skin fold measurements:

Body Composition Analyzer

Christopher Fuzy MS, RD, LD Founder / Clinical Nutritionist
and Assistant Performing Nutritional & Metabolic Assessment

  • Have a 6-8% inaccuracy with good technique– compared to hydrostatic tank
  • requires 6-8 skin fold locations for accuracy
  • patient has to partially disrobe
  • requires good investigator technique
  • not as accurate for retesting on same patient
  • takes approximately 10 minutes to perform evaluation and calculations.
Body Composition Analyzer

The limitations with body fat scales or hand held devices are that these devices only measure upper or lower impedance, not total body impedance – which is a problem with apple or pear shaped body types.

Since some individuals place their weight in their abdominal area and others in their gluteal area measuring only upper or lower body impedance has its limitations with accuracy. The 4-electrode upper & lower segmental electrical impedance analyzer, combined with the Lifestyle Nutrition Meal plan software is the key to accurate and reliable testing and improved patient nutritional compliance.

BMI is only a height and weight relationship and is not accurate with active individuals such as construction workers, delivery personnel, athletic individuals and anorexics, bulimics or cachectic patients. 

Lifestyle Nutrition’s Professional Body Composition Analysis and Lifestyle Nutrition Metabolic Testing Increases Patient Compliance by:

Providing the correct amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats which is a sliding scale meal plan which is based on the individuals height, weight, age, sex, lean muscle mass and calories burned by aerobic and anaerobic exercises. In less than 3 minutes.


Lifestyle Nutrition Sample Program

The Lifestyle Nutrition Turnkey Metabolic Counseling  increases revenues, patient referrals, ROI and is easy to implement. The Lifestyle Nutrition Counseling Program is an anti-aging, disease prevention, blood sugar management program that promotes muscle gain and fat loss while controlling appetite and decreasing blood sugar spikes and cravings. By teaching your patient to manage their blood sugar levels adequately the Lifestyle Nutrition Metabolic Program is interpreted by your patients as a positive uplifting life experience rather than just another diet.

Our goal is to advance your practice nutritionally so you can become a more effective health care provider, generating significant revenues and an abundance of new patient referrals, while creating loyal, happy, healthy referring patients and setting you apart from other doctors in your community. 

One of the most important things you can do to evaluate our program for your patients and your practice, is take 3 minutes and complete the online Meal Plan Questionnaire and Request a Private Webinar Now. So, you can properly assess our program for your philosophy and patient demographic.

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