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Garmin & Tanita BC1000

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Which other devices can the BC1000 connect to?

Measurements of up to 8 people can be stored and tracked using the GMON CONSUMER software. An ANT+ Stick is required for automatic transferral of data.
Measurements of an unlimited number of users can be stored, tracked and exported using the GMON PRO 1000 software. An ANT+ Stick is required for automatic transferral of data Measurements can be viewed on the Tanita DC1000 desktop display unit

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Which operating system is required to run Garmin Connect software?

All

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How do I set and store personal data in memory?

The Garmin HRM must be programmed with the user ID profile in order for the platform to function, and for the HRM to receive readings. View the Garmin owner

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Is Garmin Connect available to other users, who don't have a Garmin HRM?

No. Garmin connect works only with Garmin HRMs

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What if I cannot find the BC1000 connection on my HRM?

Please update your firmware. For more information check www.garmin.com

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How do I set my FR60 to connect to BC1000?

Ensure your profile on Garmin Connect is up-to-date.
On your HRM: MENU

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How do I set my FR310 to connect to BC1000?

Ensure your profile on Garmin Connect is up-to-date.
On your HRM: MENU

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Can the BC1000 link directly to Garmin Connect without the HRM?

No, all readings must be collected by the HRM first.

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"Which Garmin sports HRMs does the Tanita BC1000 connect to?

The BC1000 can connect to several Garmin Heart Rate Monitors: FR610, FR310XT, FR210, FR60 and Garmin Edge 800. Measurements can then be tracked via Garmin Connect software and the ANT+ Stick provided with the Garmin HRM.

Understanding Tanita Measurements

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What does BMI mean?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is the simplest and most common method of determining if someone is the correct weight for their height.  The method, though widely used, does not distinguish between lean muscle and fat and can therefore be highly inaccurate. 

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What is Basal Metabolic Rate?

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the minimum level of energy your body needs when at rest to function properly.  70% of the calories we consume each day are used for basal metabolism and energy is used when we do any kind of activity

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What is muscle mass?

Your Body Composition Monitor will calculate the weight of muscle in your body as a percentage of your total weight.  Muscle mass includes the skeletal and smooth muscles - such as cardiac and digestive muscles - and the water content of these muscles.

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What is the Physique Rating?

Your Physique Rating is determined by the ratio of muscle-to-fat in your body.  You might have a high amount of muscle as well as a large amount of fat, or a low amount of muscle that makes you look slim but with hidden fat that could be unhealthy for you in the long-term.

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What is bone mass?

Your Body Composition Monitor will calculate the amount of bone (bone mineral level, calcium or other minerals) in the body.  Research shows that increased exercise with a corresponding increase in muscle mass is related to stronger, healthier bones.  This reading is not an indication of hardness or strength of the bones and can be inaccurate for people who suffer from osteoporosis or low bone density due to age, pregnancy or hormone treatment.

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How is Daily Calorie Intake calculated?

Your recommended Daily Calorie Intake (DCI) is an estimate of the number of calories you can consume in the next 24 hours to maintain your current weight.  It is the sum of calories required for BMR, daily activity metabolism (activities including daily household chores) and diet-induced thermogenesis (energy used in connection with digestion, absorption, metabolism and other eating activities).

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How is Total Water Percentage calculated?

Your Total Water Percentage is the total amount of fluid in your body as a percentage of your total weight.  Your reading should act as a guide to help you to improve your health and performance and should be monitored over time.  If you have a high body fat percentage, your average water percentage may be low.  As you lose body fat and increase your lean muscle mass, your body water percentage will gradually increase.  

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Why should I use a Body Composition Monitor?

A Body Composition Monitor is designed to give you detailed information on the proportions of muscle, fat, water and bone in your body.  When used regularly it can provide a valuable insight into how lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise affect your body and your health.

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How do I use my Body Composition Monitor?

To obtain reliable readings, it is important to use a Body Composition Monitor at the same time of day and under the same conditions each time.  As body water levels fluctuate throughout the day and we are generally dehydrated on waking, the best time to use a Body Composition Monitor is in the evening before eating your main meal. 
Setting your baseline will help you to get the most out of your Monitor.  To find out more, click here. 

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Why is my body fat % different when I change the male/female/athlete setting?

The Tanita Body Fat Monitor does not measure body fat directly. The only two values measured directly are weight and impedance; % body fat is calculated using an equation based on these and other values such as height, gender, activity level etc. Impedance is measured by sending a low, safe electrical signal through the body, and can be described as a measurement of the strength and speed of that signal. Because muscle tissue has a high water and electrolyte content, the electrical signal passes through with ease. However, when the signal encounters fat mass, it must work harder to pass through because fat contains only a small percentage of water.

Men, women and children have differing bone structures, and different ways of depositing fat around the body. During extensive research, Tanita found that it was necessary to develop individual equations to reflect these differences. In a similar way, research showed that a further equation was necessary to maintain accuracy in the elite athletic population to address a change in water to muscle ratio seen in athletes who exercise at intensive rates over long periods of time.

Since the equations have been developed to give different results to reflect a person's body type, if you use the wrong equation, you will get a wrong result. This is similar to "cheating" the scales by holding weights, or holding on to something to get a lighter weight - an interesting experiment, but an invalid result.

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No matter how much I drink I never seem to have the right hydration level

The Tanita Body Fat Monitor relies on the body's electrical conductivity, which in turn relies on the body's fluid levels. Fat tissue is anhydrous and resists an electrical signal, while muscle tissue is relatively hydrated and conducts an electrical signal. However, factors such as temperature, how much exercise you have done, when you last had a drink, medical conditions (including menstruation), medications, alcohol, caffeine etc., can also affect the hydration level of a person's muscle tissue, which can then affect the body fat reading. The time of day can also affect hydration levels, as well as fluid distribution in the body. It is for this reason that Tanita recommends that readings are most consistent when taken between 5 and 7 pm before the evening meal. If your body fat % is not within the healthy range it will impossible to obtain the 50-55% hydration levels.

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"My body fat monitor weighs me but wont give my fat readings - why?

To obtain a Body Fat % reading, the electrical signal must pass through the body. If you are wearing socks or tights (even very thing tights) the signal will receive excessive resistance and may not give out a reading. Also, severe calluses or hard skin on the soles of the feet can affect the reading. The body fat monitor cannot detect body fat of less than 3%.

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I get different weight readings from other scales, is my body fat monitor out of calibration?

Tanita have a very low rate of returns of faulty products - less than 1%. Often it turns out that when tested with calibrated weights it is the Tanita scale that is correct and the others that are faulty! The only way to be sure is to test the scale with a calibrated weight. If, exceptionally, the scale is incorrect it is fully guaranteed for 3 years PROVIDED YOU KEEP YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE.

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Why do I get different Body Fat % readings in the same day?

The weight of fat in a person's body is unlikely to change by a large amount during the course of a day: In the same way that the bones and internal organs do not change. However, the weight of a person's body is constantly changing as food and water is taken in and passed out.

In addition, a person's hydration status is changing constantly - this is water contained not in the stomach, but in the muscle tissue where it is needed for the body to function. So why does the body fat % change? It is important to remember that the reading shows the PERCENTAGE of your total weight that is fat, not the actual WEIGHT of fat. So, mathematically, if your total weight goes up because you have more water in your body, the percentage of your weight that is fat will be lower even though the actual weight of fat has not changed.

Conversely, if you are dehydrated, your total weight will be lower giving a higher % of fat. This is easier to see with scales that show total body water because as the water % increases the fat % decreases and vice versa.

Please bear in mind that the body fat monitor calculates the water, muscle, and bone as the first part of the equation, and then subtracts this from the total weight - the rest being fat. If you "cheat" the scales by standing on them with a pile of books it will give a (incorrect) higher fat reading. In the same way having a very full stomach, or anything that increases the weight abnormally will give an incorrect reading. The answer is - don't cheat if you want accurate results!

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What is Athlete Mode and should I be using it? Am I an Athlete?

The points below will categorise whether you should use athlete mode or not.

People who do large amounts of aerobic exercise will have different body types to those who don't. Their hydration levels will be different, and the composition of their muscle tissue may differ too. If such individuals use the Standard TANITA Body Fat Monitor, their reading may well be overestimated. The Athlete mode in several models of the TANITA Body Fat Monitor takes into account these differences to give a more accurate measurement of body fat % in such individuals.

People often ask - "Am I an athlete?" The answer is that there is no exact point at which a person becomes an athlete. As a guide, if someone is doing more than 10 hours a week vigorous exercise, and has a resting heart rate of under 60 beats a minute they should use the Athlete mode. The same could apply to a person who is currently doing less exercise, but who has had a "lifetime of fitness" (e.g., an ex international rugby player.)

Children who are also athletes should interpret results with care. The calculations rely on an estimation of "average" bone density and other body composition factors. In children these body composition factors can vary widely and the readings may not represent an absolute picture of the body fat %. However, the readings for any individual will remain constant over a period of time and the scales can be reliably used to measure changes in body fat.

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What are the Body Fat Guidelines for children?

Despite the rise in childhood obesity levels there are currently no healthy body fat ranges for children. The fact is it is difficult to establish such ranges for children.
Firstly, as every child's development is different, as their bodies change dramatically and rapidly throughout adolescence, it is not practical to concoct a "one-size-fits-all" range for children.

Secondly, because the clinical methods used to get reference data for body fat analysis involve exposing the body to low doses of X-ray radiation; there are particular ethical problems in doing this on children. This means that there is a lack of appropriate clinical research for Tanita to base its methods on.

Thirdly, even international bodies such as the WHO do not give clear-cut healthy weight ranges for children. There are no international standards even for 'height/weight' ranges.

Establishing healthy body fat ranges for children is a research priority for us, and we will publish more information when this becomes available.

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I have had a sex change - should I use the male or female settings?

There is no definitive answer for this question. The equations used in the male and female settings are very different as men and women, on average, have different amounts of fat in their bodies.

The general rule is that you should stick to the gender setting that you were born with, as this will give the most accurate and repeatable results for your gender.

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Why is my body fat scale not measuring water for my child?

Currently the Tanita Body Fat Monitors with Total Body Water will not measure Body Water in Children, as there are no published guidelines for Children. Research to date has concentrated on developing accurate equations for adults.

As medical research continues, equations suitable for children's bodies will be developed. As a responsible manufacturer, Tanita will not show readings for children on the scales until the relevant background medical research has been done.

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Is it possible to have too little body fat?

Yes.

Both extremes--too much or too little body fat put an individual at risk for serious medical and/or psychological conditions. Having a very low body fat percentage, particularly for women, can result in musculoskeletal problems and osteoporosis. And it can upset the hormonal balance causing loss of menstruation. Striving for extremely low body fat can also result in severe eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating; which have significant health implications. Too much body fat is also linked to Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke and certain cancers.

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Are there any illnesses directly linked to obesity?

Obesity is directly linked with Diabetes Type II and hypertension, and is a contributing risk factor for many other conditions including heart disease, sleep disorders, arthritis, gall bladder disease, stroke, and several forms of cancer. Awareness and monitoring of body fat percentage can be a motivational tool for a fitness or weight management program. Additionally, with any chronic degenerative disease, monitoring body fat and lean body mass is critical to evaluation, treatment, and management of the condition. This information is helpful in determining a suitable exercise and nutritional program on an individual basis.

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Can I use the body fat monitor for my pet?

The simple answer is no.

The equations used in our monitors have been designed for human use only, so measuring your pet's body fat will not be at all accurate. If you are worried about the state of your pet's fat levels or general health then a trained Veterinarian will be able to assist.

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How does Tanita BIA compare with other methods in terms of accuracy, repeatability, convenience and length of procedure?

DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry). This method is very accurate and repeatable, but involves extremely expensive equipment and is generally 20-30 minutes while every section of their body is systematically X-rayed. This method is used mainly in research studies.

Hydrostatic Weighing ( Dunk Tank). Done correctly, this method is also quite accurate, and the results are often repeatable. However, the test is somewhat subjective because it relies upon the subject's ability to expel all oxygen from their lungs while submerged in a tank of water. Oxygen remaining in the lungs will skew the results. This method is considerably inconvenient to the user. The 'tank' is also expensive, depending on the type of equipment used and the under water facility. In clinical settings, this procedure is repeated a number of times, and an average is taken. Because of the expense, lengthy testing process, and physical burden to the subject, this method is more suitable for research studies.

Conventional BIA. Conventional Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis methods are accurate, but more subjective based on the placement of electrodes (a 1cm electrode variation on any limb dramatically changes the reading); therefore trending results may not be accurate. The user lies down while electrodes and conductive jelly are place on a wrist and opposite ankle. Although this procedure can be performed in some physician's offices, it is neither as convenient nor objective as the Tanita BIA method.

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Is the monitor safe to use if I am pregnant?

The monitors are perfectly safe for mother and baby. Due to the changes (hormone levels, changes in water content) in the mothers' body, the Body Fat readings should not be interpreted as completely accurate.

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Why should I not use the body fat monitor if I have a heart pacemaker or other medical implants?

The Body Fat Monitor uses BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), which involves sending a very low electrical signal through the body. There is a minute risk that this signal could cause a pacemaker or other implanted medical device to malfunction.

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How do I change my monitor from kg to st/lbs?

If the monitor is a UK version and was purchased before 2002, then most of these models have a switch on the underside of the weighing platform so that kg can be switched to st/lb, and vice versa.

On most of the UK models manufactured after 2002, using the 'set' and 'arrow' buttons located under the LCD display can make the imperial/metric measurement switch. For many models you simply have to press and hold the buttons together, scroll through the weight measurements and then press SET to confirm. Please refer to the user instruction manual that was packaged with your monitor.
The Tanita monitors manufactured for sale to the European mainland display weight readings in kg measurements only. In this case it will be impossible to change to st/lb.

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My body fat % is not within the healthy range - how bad is that?

The ideal proportion of body fat varies according to gender, age and body type. Biologically, women should have more body fat than men. As we get older, our body fat percentage will also increase slightly.

To see at a glance what levels of body fat are healthy please refer to our 
healthy ranges chart. This information has been clinically validated and is based on NIH/WHO BMI guidelines.

If your fat percentage is too high try making small adjustments to your lifestyle and diet. Cut down a little on dietary fats and eat lots of healthy fruit and vegetables. At the same time increase the amount of exercise you do. This will help you to achieve long lasting changes in your life. Expect the fat percentage to go down slowly - and stay down! If you are concerned about your body fat you should consult a doctor before starting an exercise regime.

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How accurate are the Tanita monitors?

The weight readings are accurate to within +/- their graduation. The Body Fat % readings are within 5% of DEXA, which is a gold standard for measuring Body Fat.

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I want the best monitor, so shall I buy the most expensive one?

Not necessarily. At Tanita we do not have a policy to keep bringing out new models that supersede older models and so making them out of date. We have developed a variety of functions and benefits available on our monitors that makes them personalised to the user. The most expensive monitor may not always be the best for you!

It also depends what you need from your body fat monitor. The most basic models will accurately measure your weight and body fat percentage, but the more expensive models include other functions and benefits such as showing total body water, or daily calorie intake for example. The most expensive models include graphs to show your changes over a period of time. For details of the various functions available, please visit the "understanding measurements" section on this website
where there is further detailed information.

Tanita Alcohol Sensor

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Will the Alcohol Sensor tell me if I am fit to drive?

Under no circumstances should this product be used to judge whether one can drive a car, operate machinery or conduct other potentially dangerous activities. This product cannot be used to judge one's ability to drive. Irrespective of the amount drunk, under no circumstances should you drink & drive. The Tanita Alcohol Sensor will give a reading of the amount of alcohol in the breath in mg/l (milligrams per litre). It converts readings from breath alcohol to blood alcohol and therefore it is extremely useful as a 'morning after' tool to monitor the amount of alcohol still in the breath.

Validation & Research

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Who was the research done by - is it genuine?

All Tanita validation research has been conducted under strict medical conditions. We use medical experts who are at the cutting-edge of their field to test and validate our equipment and equations.

As part of Tanita's mission to remain in the forefront of medical related technology and health issues, the Tanita Medical Advisory Board (TMAB) was established. TMAB consists of the senior researchers and obesity specialists from around the world. The purpose of the board is to act as both an internal and external medical advisory council to Tanita Corporation in the following areas:

To recommend and oversee research pertaining to Tanita products. This includes clinical trials, outcome studies and validations. To identify new areas of research appropriate to Tanita products.

To provide medical and scientific data necessary to the improvement of current products and marketing as well as assist with the development and testing of new health monitoring products.

To be available as experts on the subjects of obesity, body composition, BIA and specific Tanita products.

To review science and medicine related marketing and product materials for accuracy prior to production and distribution.

To be active participants in body composition or health symposia produced or sponsored by Tanita Corporation.

To assist Tanita Corporation with the refinement and development of health related products in various roles as necessary and appropriate.

The following list include more in-depth details about your measurements

Understanding Your Measurements

Underfat : below the healthy body fat range. Increased risk for health problems.
Healthy : within the healthy body fat percentage range for your age/gender.
Overfat : above the healthy range. Increased risk for health problems.
Obese : high above the healthy body fat range. Greatly increased risk of obesity-related health problems.

Note: Athletes may have a lower body fat range depending on their particular sport or activity.

What is body fat percentage? (Applicable age 5 - 99)


Body fat percentage is the amount of body fat as a proportion of your body weight. Reducing excess levels of body fat has shown to reduce the risk of certain conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease,diabetes and cancer. The chart below shows the healthy ranges for body fat

Click here for the body fat ranges

What is total body water percentage? (Applicable age 18 - 99)


Total Body Water Percentage is the total amount of fluid in a person’s body expressed as apercentage of their total weight. Water plays a vital role in many of the body’s processes and is found in every cell, tissue and organ.
Maintaining a healthy total body water percentage will ensure the body functions efficiently and will reduce the risk of developing associated health problems. Your body water levels naturally fluctuate throughout the day and night. Your body tends to be dehydrated after a long night and there are differences in fluid distribution between day and night. Eating large meals, drinking alcohol, menstruation, illness, exercising, and bathing may cause
variations in your hydration levels.

Your body water percentage reading should act as a guide and should not be used to specifically determine your absolute recommended total body water percentage. It is important to look for longterm changes in total body water percentage and maintain a consistent, healthy total body water percentage. Drinking a large quantity of water in one sitting will not instantly change your water level. In fact, it will increase your body fat reading due to the additional weight gain. Please monitor all readings over time to track the relative change. Every individual varies but as a guide the average total body water percentage ranges for a healthy adult are:


Female : 45 to 60%
Male : 50 to 65%


Source : Based on Tanita's Internal Research


Note: The total body water percentage will tend to decrease as the percentage of body fat increases. A person with a high percentage of body fat may fall below the average body water percentage. As you lose body fat the total body water percentage should gradually move towards the typical range given above.

What is visceral fat rating? (Applicable age 18 - 99)


This feature indicates the rating of visceral fat in your body. Visceral fat is the fat that is in the internal abdominal cavity, surrounding the vital organs in the trunk (abdominal) area. Research shows that even if your weight and body fat remains constant, as you get older the distribution of fat changes and is more likely to shift to the trunk area especially post menopause. Ensuring you, have healthy levels of visceral fat my reduce the risk of certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and the onset of type 2 diabetes. The Tanita Body Composition Analyzer will provide you with a visceral fat rating from 1 – 59.

Rating from 1 to 12
Indicates you have a healthy level of visceral fat. Continue monitoring your rating to ensure that it stays within the healthy range.

Rating from 13 – 59
Indicates you have an excess level of visceral fat. Consider making changes in your lifestyle possibly through diet changes or increasing exercise.


Source: 1) Tanita Institute Contract Study. Algorithm Development for Estimating Visceral Fat Rating. SB Heymsfield MD. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 2004.
2) Wang, Z., et al. Japanese-American Differences in Visceral Adiposity and a Simplified Estimation Method for Visceral Adipose Tissue. North American Association for the Study of Obesity. Annual Meeting. Abstract 518-P. 2004

Note: Even if you have a low body fat rate, you may have a high visceral fat level. For medical diagnosis, consult a physician.

 

What is basal metabolic rate (BMR)? (Applicable age 18 - 99)
WHAT IS BMR?

Your Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR) is the minimum level of energy your body needs when at rest to function effectively including your respiratory and circulatory organs, neural system, liver, kidneys, and other organs. You burn calories when sleeping. About 70% of calories consumed every day are used for your basal metabolism. In addition, energy is used when doing any kind of activity however; the more vigorous the activity is the more calories are burned. This is because skeletal muscle (which accounts for approximately 40% of your body weight) acts as your metabolic engine and uses a large amount of energy. Your basal metabolism is greatly affected by the quantity of muscles you have, therefore increasing your muscle mass will help increase your basal metabolism. By studying healthy individuals, scientists have found that as people age, their metabolic rate changes. Basal metabolism rises as a child matures. After a peak at the age of 16 or 17, it typically starts to decrease gradually. Having a higher basal metabolism will increase the number of calories used and help to decrease the amount of body fat. A low basal metabolic rate will make it harder to lose body fat and overall weight.

HOW DOES A TANITA BODY COMPOSITION ANALYZER CALCULATE BMR?


The basic way of calculating Basal Metabolic Rate BMR is a standard equation using weight and age. Tanita has conducted in-depth research into the relationship of BMR and body composition giving a much more accurate and personalized reading for the user based on the impedance measurement.
This method has been medically validated using indirect calorimetry (measuring the breath composition).*


* Reliability on equation for Basal Metabolic Rate: At 2002 Nutrition Week : A Scientific and Clinical Forum and
Exposition Title: International Comparison: Resting Energy Expenditure Prediction Models: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

 

What is metabolic age? (Applicable age 18 - 99)


This feature calculates your BMR and indicates the average age associated with that type of metabolism. If your BMR Age is higher than your actual age, it is an indication that you need to improve your metabolic rate. Increased exercise will build healthy muscle tissue, which will improve your metabolic age.
You will obtain a reading between 12 and 90. Under 12 will be displayed as “12” and over 90 displayed as “90”.


What is muscle mass? (Applicable age 18 - 99)

This feature indicates the weight of muscle in your body. the muscle mass displayed includes the skeletal muscles, smooth muscles (such as cardiac and digestive muscles) and the water contained in these muscles. Muscles play an important role as they act as an engine in consuming energy. As your muscle mass increase, your energy consumption increases helping you reduce excess body fat levels and lose weight in a healthy way.

What is bone mass? (Applicable age 18 - 99)


This feature indicates the amount of bone (bone mineral level, calcium or other minerals) in the body. Research has shown that exercise and the development of muscle tissue are related to stronger, healthier bones. While bone structure is unlikely to make noticeable changes in a short period, it is important that you develop and maintain healthy bones by having a balanced diet and plenty of exercise. People worried about bone disease should consult their physician. People who suffer from osteoporosis or low bone densities due to advanced age, young age, pregnancy,hormonal treatment or other causes, may not get accurate estimations of their bone mass. Below is the result of estimated bone masses of persons aged 20 to 40, who are said to have the largest amounts of bone masses, by weight. (Source : Tanita Body Weight Science Institute)
Please use the below charts as a guide to compare your bone mass reading.

 

Note: Persons described below may obtain varying readings and should take the values given for reference purposes only.
- Elderly persons
- Women during or after menopause
- People receiving hormone therapy

“Estimated bone mass” is a value estimated statistically based on its correlation with the fat-free amount (tissues other than the fat). “Estimated bone mass” does not give a direct judgment on the hardness or strength of the bones or the risks of bone fractures. If you have concerns over your bones, you are recommended to consult a specialist physician.

Physique Rating

This feature assesses your physique according to the ratio of body fat and muscle mass in your body. As you become more active and reduce the amount of body fat, your physique rating will also change accordingly. Even though your weight may not change, your muscle mass and body fat levels maybe be changing making you healthier and at lower risk of certain deseases. Each person should set their own goal of which physique they would like and follow a diet and fitness programe to meet that goal.

 

 

 

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Body Fat %

Body fat percentage is the amount of body fat as a proportion of your body weight. Reducing excess levels of body fat has shown to reduce the risk of certain conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease,diabetes and cancer. The chart below shows the healthy ranges for body fat

Muscle Mass

This feature indicates the weight of muscle in your body. the muscle mass displayed includes the skeletal muscles, smooth muscles (such as cardiac and digestive muscles) and the water contained in these muscles. Muscles play an important role as they act as an engine in consuming energy. As your muscle mass increase, your energy consumption increases helping you reduce excess body fat levels and lose weight in a healthy way.

Bone Mass 

This feature indicates the amount of bone (bone mineral level, calcium or other minerals) in the body. Research has shown that exercise and the development of muscle tissue are related to stronger, healthier bones. While bone structure is unlikely to make noticeable changes in a short period, it is important that you develop and maintain healthy bones by having a balanced diet and plenty of exercise.

Athlede mode

Tanita developed a specific ‘Athlete’ mode for its monitors that are calibrated against a representative sample of athletes. As a general guideline, we recommend Athlete mode for anyone who carries out more than 10 hours of intensive aerobic exercise a week, has been doing so for at least six months AND who has a resting heartbeat of under 60bpm. Athlete mode can also be applied to people who have a lifetime history of fitness - who used to do more than 10 hours a week - but do less now

Basal Metobolic Rate (BMR)

Your Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR) is the minimum level of energy your body needs when at rest to function effectively including your respiratory and circulatory organs, neural system, liver, kidneys, and other organs. You burn calories when sleeping. About 70% of calories consumed every day are used for your basal metabolism.

Body Water

Total Body Water Percentage is the total amount of fluid in a person’s body expressed as apercentage of their total weight. Water plays a vital role in many of the body’s processes and is found in every cell, tissue and organ.
Maintaining a healthy total body water percentage will ensure the body functions efficiently and will reduce the risk of developing associated health problems

Metabolic Age

This feature calculates your BMR and indicates the average age associated with that type of metabolism. If your BMR Age is higher than your actual age, it is an indication that you need to improve your metabolic rate. Increased exercise will build healthy muscle tissue, which will improve your metabolic age.
You will obtain a reading between 12 and 90. Under 12 will be displayed as “12” and over 90 displayed as “90”.

Physique Rating

This feature assesses your physique according to the ratio of body fat and muscle mass in your body. As you become more active and reduce the amount of body fat, your physique rating will also change accordingly. Even though your weight may not change, your muscle mass and body fat levels maybe be changing making you healthier and at lower risk of certain deseases. Each person should set their own goal of which physique they would like and follow a diet and fitness programe to meet that goal.

Visceral Fat

This feature indicates the rating of visceral fat in your body. Visceral fat is the fat that is in the internal abdominal cavity, surrounding the vital organs in the trunk (abdominal) area. Research shows that even if your weight and body fat remains constant, as you get older the distribution of fat changes and is more likely to shift to the trunk area especially post menopause. Ensuring you, have healthy levels of visceral fat my reduce the risk of certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and the onset of type 2 diabetes. The Tanita Body Composition Analyzer will provide you with a visceral fat rating from 1 – 59.