The first step in a personalized weight management program
Personalized Approach to Weight Loss
Every individual is unique and every individual’s weight management journey is uniquely theirs. At Avance Care Mallard Creek located in Charlotte, NC we’re dedicated to helping you achieve your weight loss goals, so our weight management care is customized for you.
We start your weight loss program with a comprehensive assessment including body composition testing. This assessment provides us with precise data about your body’s composition, enabling our expert team to design a personalized weight loss strategy that aligns with your body’s specific needs. Whether you’re aiming to lose significant weight or simply tone up, Body Composition Testing ensures your journey is both effective and sustainable.
Body Composition Testing Technology
At Avance Care Mallard Creek we utilize advanced Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) as a non-invasive method to assess body composition. By sending a low, safe electrical current through the body, BIA measures the resistance encountered by the current as it travels through different tissues. Lean muscle, which is high in water and electrolytes, conducts electricity well, while fat, which contains less water, offers higher resistance. By analyzing the impedance (resistance) and reactance (cell membrane capacitance) values, BIA calculates the proportion of different body components. In as little as 70 seconds, this method provides in-depth information about your body’s total water, intracellular water, body fat, lean mass, recommended calorie intake, and more.
The Inbody BWA device used at Mallard Creek is an FDA approved medical-grade body composition analyzer. This technology has been validated in over 4,900 clinical studies worldwide and proven amongst the most accurate. Mayo Clinic researchers validated InBody as 98% correlated to DEXA scans, the Gold Standard method for Fat-Free Mass and Body Fat Percentage in an ambulatory population. Read the study here.
Body Composition Testing is not covered by insurance. There will be a $50 charge for each Body Composition Test performed. Although not covered by insurance, it may be eligible to be paid from a Health Savings Account. Please check with your plan to confirm this is an eligible expense.
Body Composition testing is a fast procedure taking only a couple of minutes.
The Body Composition test result report is available within seconds of finishing the test.
Yes. To prepare for your Body Composition testing... Don’t eat for at least 3 hours prior. Don’t consume alcohol or excess caffeine for at least 24 hour prior. Don’t shower or use a sauna the day of the test. Don’t use lotion or ointment on your hands or feet the day of the test.
How often Body Composition testing is done depends on the patient's conditions. For most patients, Body Composition testing will be done every 1-3 months. In people with fluid retention, as in patients with lymphedema, congestive heart failure or kidney failure, Body Composition testing may need to be repeated weekly until fluid balance is achieved.