You may not have heard of body composition before, but you are probably familiar with BMI. What is the difference? Body Mass Index (BMI) is a popular method used to assess the health of an individual by comparing the amount of weight they carry to their height: BMI – kg/m2

Despite BMI’s widespread use in clinical practice, it has many limitations and is a poor tracking tool for weight change because it cannot differentiate between changes in fat and muscle mass. Relying solely on BMI to predict health or mortality oversimplifies health and ignores important factors contributing to optimal well-being.

When you aim to improve your health, you likely focus on losing fat and gaining muscle. The weight scale and BMI cannot discern how much of your weight loss is fat, muscle, or body water, but body composition analysis can.