9 Most Common Questions About InBody Devices (Updated 2023)
Looking for an InBody body composition analyser but still have questions?
Despite being around for over 25 years, there’s still a lot of confusion and misinformation around InBody devices.
So, here at the Peak Athletics, we’ve put together a list of the top 9 most common questions about InBody machines so you can fully understand what it’s all about. Enjoy!
We regularly update this page but if you have any burning questions that are not answered here, send us an email or give us a call.
How does InBody technology differ from other body composition analysers?
- InBody machines feature a multi-frequency to measure impedance compared to single-frequency used by many BIA devices. Studies show that a combination of low and high frequency (multi-frequency) provides a higher level of precision.
- 8 Point Tactile Electrode System: InBody scanners use an eight-point tactile electrode system to measure body composition. This ensures consistent measurements every time.
- Direct Segmental Measurement (DSM): While traditional BIA brands measure the body as a whole, InBody devices go a step further. They separately measure the impedance of each body segment: your arms, legs, and trunk. This segmental approach means you get far more accurate results and reveals which areas need improvement.
- No Empirical Estimations: Many BIA devices rely on empirical estimations based on generalised assumptions (like age, gender, ethnicity, etc.) to calculate body composition. In contrast, InBody machines only rely on the direct measurement of your body composition, regardless of your gender, age, etc. This is by far the most accurate and personalised way to do it.
Are InBody devices easy to use?
Yes, our friends at InBody designed their devices with the ease of use in mind. The interface is user friendly and results, although incredibly accurate, are easy to understand. In addition, the InBody 270 is also portable, so you can take it with you anywhere.
Are the results from InBody devices accurate?
Yes. InBody machines are the most accurate body composition analysers in the market. This is because four things:
- Multi-frequency BIA technology as opposed to single-frequency BIA
- InBody machines measure each segment of the body independently: your arms, legs, and trunks. Other machines measure the whole body, so results are not as accurate
- The machines come with an 8-Point Tactile Electrode System that ensures measures are super accurate
- InBody scales don’t use empirical estimations and only provide you a direct measurement based only on your body composition
All of this makes the InBody machines the most accurate (and best) body composition analysers in the market.
How often should I use an InBody device to track my body composition?
We always say it depends on your specific goals. The goal is to monitor your progress, so once a week or once every other week works best for most of our customers.
Can I use InBody devices with no professional help?
As we mentioned earlier, InBody machines are easy to use. Some clients use devices like the InBody 270 at home and don’t require any professional help at all. The InBody 570 and 770 may require professional help to make the most of them.
I’m pregnant, can I use an InBody device?
Yes. InBody machines are safe for pregnant women but it’s best if you're past the first 12 weeks of pregnancy Also, one thing to remember is that because of changes in your body experience during pregnancy, results may not be as accurate.
I have two kids. Are InBody devices safe for children?
Yes, they are safe for children. InBody devices may be used to monitor children’s growth and nutritional assessment.
I’ve seen you talking about the Lookin’Body Web Data Management Platform. What is it?
Lookin’Body is a cloud based data management platform. You can store and manage the data from your InBody device. In addition, you’ll have access to data analysis and reporting, making the interpretation of data really easy.
Can I use an InBody device to diagnose medical conditions?
We love the data that comes out of these machines. It’s detailed and accurate. However, we shouldn’t use InBody machines to diagnose or treat any medical conditions. So, please, always check with your doctor for medical advice.
If you’re ready to take the next step in your biohacking journey, check out our InBody collection and find the right one for you. And if you still have questions, please send us an email or give us a call, we're here to help!