The tools of our office aim at a reliable evaluation of body composition as well as possible risk factors relative to one’s health.
Some of them can help a person be organized, educated and motivated with regard to attaining the goal they have set. Every tool is effective as far it is used in the right way and at the right time. The following tools are used in collaboration with the client and when that is considered necessary.
The multifrequency body composition analyser InBody720 of Bodyspace is top among body compositions analysers for experts and researchers, with 0,985 accuracy in correlation to the DEXA scan and 99% repeatability.
The measurement is carried out via the method of bioelectrical impedance (DSM-BIA) for every part of the body using 6 different frequencies (1kHz, 5kHz, 50kHz, 250kHz, 500kHz, 1000kHz) in each one of the five parts of the body with the quadrupole 8-point tactile system.Read more »
In certain cases, like for instance the presence of a pacemaker or pregnancy, the measurement of body fat using bioelectric impedance is not advisable.
In those cases, the skinfold calliper is a reliable alternative. Harpenden is considered the reference skinfold calliper (gold standard) for measurements of subcutaneous fatty tissue.
Actually, when the measurement is performed correctly it has a high correlation to hydrostatic weighing, which is a valuation method for body fat.
Although Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference are related, the latter is an independent risk factor.
The measurement is particularly useful for people categorized of normal weight or overweight according to their BMI.
A reliable height measurement is necessary for the correct estimation of the BMI as well as for a valid measurement of body composition with InBody 720. Also, it is a very important growth index for infants, toddlers, children and adolescents.
Height measurement in our office is carried out according to the protocol set out by the study National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the USA.
Food calendar is a useful toolboth for the client and the nutritionist who is attending him. To the client, it offers organisation and structure, while helping him stay on the right path when trying to reduce or maintain his weight.
It also assists the nutritionist, because it provides him a more detailed image of the client’s choices and food habits. In that way, his guidance is more effective.
As, in certain instances, we consider the food calendar as an excellent tool, our office has designed and provides its own food calendar which is rather easy to use.
Foods Models are real-like models that have actual size and appearance of the foods they represent.
They are a useful tool of nutritional education because they explicitly illustrate the quantity of each food.