Knowing your body can help you keep on track with a wellness routine over the winter break. Understanding your body is about more than a simple number on a scale.
Ultrasound is Better:
We use an ultrasound method to measure body composition.
Women’s ultrasound measurements: waist, hips and triceps.
Men’s measurements: thigh, waist and chest.
Helpful Tip: Wear comfortable clothes.
The Science Stuff:
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about how the process works:
"Ultrasound is used extensively to measure tissue structure and has proven to be an accurate technique to measure subcutaneous fat thickness. A-mode and B-mode ultrasound systems are now used and both rely on using tabulated values of tissue sound speed and automated signal analysis to determine fat thickness. By making thickness measurements at multiple sites on the body you can calculate the estimated body fat percentage. Ultrasound techniques can also be used to directly measure muscle thickness and quantify intramuscular fat. Ultrasound equipment is expensive, and not cost-effective solely for body fat measurement, but where equipment is available, as in hospitals, the extra cost for the capability to measure body fat is minimal."