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What are the possible benefits of body composition measurements?

Knowing your body composition can be a big benefit if you're trying to lose weight. You may not see the weight on the scale change as quickly as you'd like and may get frustrated. Body composition measures can show you that you've lost fat and gained lean muscle tissue. When you are losing weight, you want to know you're losing fat and not muscle.  Though that's important at any age, especially if you're aging you want to spare muscle losses that are harder to recover. Losing lean tissue can slow metabolism and leave you weaker. 

You may be on the opposite end of the spectrum and need to put on some weight. You want to be sure that you're adding lean tissue and not body fat. Optimal body composition is more important in overall health than weight alone. 

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