Body Composition Scan

Looking Beyond The Bathroom Scale

Almost everyone over the age of 40 has some extra weight to lose. Whether it’s to look good for an event, to beat a health condition, or simply to have more energy-- losing weight can be a top priority. The problem is that it’s difficult to track true progress. While losing weight can be good, it depends on what kind of weight is being lost. There is bone density, body water, muscle tissue, and finally fat.

If your scale showed a 10lb loss, it would be nearly impossible to know how much of that was fat. Some scales do have a low grade electro impedance feature on them, but that can grossly wrong due to many factors. Your positioning on the scale, how hydrated you are, and how much food you have recently eaten. Many people go through significant weight loss just to become a smaller version of themselves. Sure, some biomarkers of health become improved, but overall, they still have the same ratio of fat to muscle on their body. The goal is to increase your lean muscle and bring your overall body fat down at the same time.

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That 10lb loss of scale weight could actually be 3.5lbs body water, 3.5lb muscle mass, and 3lbs fat.

There are other factors at play as well. For instance, if the diet restricted carbohydrates then you would lose significantly more water weight (as carbs needs water to be stored in the body), even though it would seem to the scale that you lost all fat.

This can give a false sense of reality and make it challenging to set realistic goals and expectations.

DEXA is noninvasive and uses X-ray beams being sent through the body at different energy levels

Excess Fat vs. Muscle

BMI is not the most accurate method of body composition testing, BMI can often be unresponsive or inaccurate especially in individuals with a fair amount of muscle mass

As your body ages, muscle becomes even more crucial than in younger years. It not only increases your strength and prevents injuries, it makes you look confident and sexy. On the other hand, carrying around excess fat can overshadow any muscle mass that you currently have.

How do you really know that your losing fat when you start to exercise or change your eating habits. The scale can only show you your current weight, not how much fat or muscle you’ve lost.

Bio-impedance scales, which send an electric wave through your body, have poor accuracy at best. They can show very different readings depending on your hydration levels and/or how much food you have eaten. Calipers are another option, but due to the difficulty of measuring skin folds, it’s nearly impossible to get the same reading twice (unless working with a trained professional in a university setting).

Measuring tapes are popular, but because of several factors including bloating, abdominal readings can vary widely.


A DEXA Scan will help you fully understand:

  • Where your highest rates of adipose tissues are located
  • How much muscle you’re gaining or losing with your current routine
  • A consistent measurement of progress over time.

Without knowing the critical information above, a customized and fully tailored program cannot be effectively designed to reach your wellness goals.

“How do you really know that you're losing fat when you start to exercise or change your eating habits. The scale can only show you your current weight, not how much fat or muscle you’ve lost. .”

- Dr. Calapai, D.O.

Your Bones Matter, Too

We have the ability to scan specific areas as well as the entire body. DEXA involves the use of X-ray beams, sent through the body at different energy levels. This helps to determine the risk and progression of osteoporosis-- early detection is especially important for those in their 40’s and 50’s.

Two of the most well known places for mineral loss are the lumbar spine and the hips. These areas play a critical role in living a pain-free life. We can measure changes in bone density to the nearest tenth of a percent which allows thorough diagnosis.

A hip fracture can double the risk of dying within a year in the elderly population, DEXA is an essential part of the Cenegenics Elite Health evaluation to help assess risk of fracture and bone density

Understanding The Full Picture Of Your Body


Utilizing the DEXA scan, we can get an accurate reading of your total overall fat mass vs your lean mass. We can also identify areas where you have the most fat accumulation, which will play a big part in designing a specific plan based around your body.

Although it is necessary to have some body fat for optimal health, too much is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even many cancers. Cenegenics® testing was designed to help you reach optimal levels of body fat and lower your risk of many diseases.

Working Together To Reach Goals

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Working closely with your Cenegenics® physician, you will gain a clear picture of your body composition and how it is currently related to your overall health. Your physician will make sure that you understand the “what” and “why” of your personalized results. Our aim is to teach and empower you to take control of your health.

There has never been a better way to uncover your true risk factors than with a Cenegenics® full body composition scan. A fully customized program will be designed around your results to help you achieve a more youthful, fit, and strong body.

“With over 35,000 successful patient transformations, it's clear our science-backed approach to wellness is the answer.”

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