What is a comprehensive weight and fat assessment?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A comprehensive weight and fat assessment is more than just standing on a scale and counting the pounds. This seven-in-one test gives you insight into your overall health by measuring the following: body weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, body age, resting metabolism, visceral fat, and an important measurement that may be new to you, skeletal muscle. And while you may assume men are more concerned about muscle mass, knowing your percentage of skeletal muscle is just as crucial for women. In fact, skeletal muscle is the secret key to your body’s ability to burn fat over the long term and lose weight. Your doctor can tell you your ideal percentage based on a variety of factors, but generally women should shoot for close to 30%, while men should be closer to 35%. If your percentage is too low, it’s time to ramp up your muscle mass.

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