Body Fat Percentage

Your body fat percentage reading illustrates the percentage of fat your body contains. Each time you take a reading with the Body Composition Analyzer your body fat measure will be automatically updated on your Dashboard. The most current reading will appear on the home page of the dashboard in a large numeric and color coded value. The ideal trend is to have your body fat level decrease, while your lean mass is increasing. Whether your total weight changes or not, if your body fat level is decreasing and your lean mass is increasing, you are well on your way to a healthier "you".

For information on what the color of your reading means and target body fat percentages, please click here

Calorie Burn

If you are using an activity monitor, every time you upload your activity data your information in the calorie burn section will automatically be updated. The large numeric and color coded value on your dashboard reflects your total calorie burn for the most recent 24 hour period for which you uploaded data. If the number is green then you are within ten percent of your daily calorie burn goal. Yellow indicates that you are between 10 and 20 percent below your goal, and red indicates that you are more than 20 percent below your goal.

When you expand the current calorie burn chart, you’ll be able to see the trend of your calorie burn over time. The time range can be adjusted to your preferences from a low of six minute intervals throughout the day, to weekly, monthly, annually, etc.

Hydration Level

Hydration is an important measure to monitor on a regular basis, as a majority of people are chronically under-hydrated. This condition can be a significant barrier to optimizing your health and managing your body composition.

For information on the Stayhealthy hydration reading, and how to use it click here

Goals

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Body Fat Percentage

Your body fat percentage reading illustrates the percentage of fat your body contains. Each time you take a reading with the Body Composition Analyzer your body fat measure will be automatically updated on your Dashboard. The most current reading will appear on the home page of the dashboard in a large numeric and color coded value. The ideal trend is to have your body fat level decrease, while your lean mass is increasing. Whether your total weight changes or not, if your body fat level is decreasing and your lean mass is increasing, you are well on your way to a healthier "you".

For information on what the color of your reading means and target body fat percentages, please click here.

Body Fat Percentage

Your body fat percentage reading illustrates the percentage of fat your body contains. Each time you take a reading with the Body Composition Analyzer your body fat measure will be automatically updated on your Dashboard. The most current reading will appear on the home page of the dashboard in a large numeric and color coded value. The ideal trend is to have your body fat level decrease, while your lean mass is increasing. Whether your total weight changes or not, if your body fat level is decreasing and your lean mass is increasing, you are well on your way to a healthier "you".

For information on what the color of your reading means and target body fat percentages, please click here.

Calorie Burn

If you are using an activity monitor, every time you upload your activity data your information in the calorie burn section will automatically be updated. The large numeric and color coded value on your dashboard reflects your total calorie burn for the most recent 24 hour period for which you uploaded data. If the number is green then you are within ten percent of your daily calorie burn goal. Yellow indicates that you are between 10 and 20 percent below your goal, and red indicates that you are more than 20 percent below your goal.

When you expand the current calorie burn chart, you’ll be able to see the trend of your calorie burn over time. The time range can be adjusted to your preferences from a low of six minute intervals throughout the day, to weekly, monthly, annually, etc.

Calorie Burn

If you are using an activity monitor, every time you upload your activity data your information in the calorie burn section will automatically be updated. The large numeric and color coded value on your dashboard reflects your total calorie burn for the most recent 24 hour period for which you uploaded data. If the number is green then you are within ten percent of your daily calorie burn goal. Yellow indicates that you are between 10 and 20 percent below your goal, and red indicates that you are more than 20 percent below your goal.

When you expand the current calorie burn chart, you’ll be able to see the trend of your calorie burn over time. The time range can be adjusted to your preferences from a low of six minute intervals throughout the day, to weekly, monthly, annually, etc.

Hydration Level

Hydration is an important measure to monitor on a regular basis, as a majority of people are chronically under-hydrated. This condition can be a significant barrier to optimizing your health and managing your body composition.

For information on the Stayhealthy hydration reading, and how to use it Click here

Stayhealthy Hydration – What it means, and how you can use it

  1. Hydration and the Human Body
    • The adult human body is approximately 60% water. (60% for males, 55% for females.) The concentration of water varies within specific human tissue. For example, lean muscle contains about 75% water by weight, blood about 70%, bone 22%, and body fat about 10%.
    • Under-hydration is a health problem which can be chronic and can have many side effects, including fatigue, memory loss, poor skin and hair texture. As under-hydration becomes more significant, the effects on body organs and overall body function become increasingly severe, in the most extreme cases organ failure and death. Proper hydration is essential to achieving a healthy body composition and weight management.
  2. How the Body Composition Analyzer Measures Hydration
    • Stayhealthy's body composition technology measures the concentration of water primarily in lean tissue – (muscle, bones, blood, organs, etc.) Water concentration in body fat has little influence on the hydration estimate as the levels of water in body fat are limited.
    • By focusing on the water concentration in lean mass, Stayhealthy is able to provide a convenient estimate of your hydration level that is comparable from person to person regardless of their actual body composition. (For example, someone with a body fat level of 35% could never achieve the whole body hydration level of someone with a 15% body fat level.
  3. What your reading means and how can you manage hydration
    • Your hydration level is presented as a color coded number. Your objective should be to maintain your hydration level in the green.
    • Stayhealthy is not able to provide a specific level of fluid intake to attain your target hydration level. Every individual is unique and no one standard for fluid consumption is accurate. However, by using the body composition analyzer on a regular basis you should be able to determine what your fluid intake requirements are to achieve a proper level of hydration.
    • Stayhealthy suggests that you take an initial hydration reading, and based on the results increase or decrease your fluid consumption over the next day. By continuing this pattern over the course of several days, you will find what fluid level is necessary to properly hydrate your body. What you consume is important. You do not want to increase your consumption of caffeinated drinks such as coffee or colas.
    • Any drink that acts as a diuretic will defeat your efforts to achieve an optimum hydration level. Just because it is wet and you drink it does not mean it will help you to reach a correctly hydrated state.

Calorie Data

Calorie Data is provided here in a table form as a quick reference from your Dashboard homepage. It indicates the date and time that you last uploaded your calorie data, and the value of the last 24 hour monitoring period entered.

Blood Pressure

Each time you use a Health Assessment Kiosk that is web enabled, with a blood pressure monitoring device, your blood pressure reading will automatically be stored in your dashboard. The most current reading will be displayed on the Dashboard. If you expand this area, you will be able to view your readings over time.

Total Change

Total Change indicates your net weight change since you started using the program. If you happened to have reset your weight starting point from your profile settings it will show the total change from that point onwards.

Personal Burn Rate

This is calculated from the BMR calculator – can someone – John – perhaps add a simple explanation of this ? On the dashboard the information that is presented includes: “Base Calorie Burn, Set Activity Factor and Projected Daily Burn” So those components – assuming they are right is what we need to explain in the help text.

Cholesterol

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Body Fat Goal

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Calorie Goal

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Nutrition

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Activity

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Body Composition

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One of the best things you can do for your general and future health is to achieve a body fat percentage that is within a healthy range for your age and gender. Appearances can be deceiving and someone who appears to be overweight may in fact be within an acceptable range and some who appear acceptable may have too much body fat.

 

Your long term goal should be to achieve a body fat percentage that is in the green "Healthy" zone. Depending on your current body fat it may take some time to get there. Set a goal that you can comfortably accomplish within approximately 8 weeks by losing no more than 3 pounds per week, on average.

If you are trying to maintain a body fat percentage, then simply leave the slider in its current position and move to the next step where you can adjust your diet and exercise balance.

 

The healthy way to lower your body fat percentage over time is through a combination of regular physical activity and a healthy, lower-calorie diet. Depending on your goals you may want to weight your efforts in one direction or the other. For example, if your goal is to build more lean muscle mass, then your regimen will need more activity at a higher intensity level, and more calories as well. If weight loss is your primary goal, you'll need to ensure that you are maintaining your daily calorie deficit. Consult with a physical fitness counselor or personal trainer to learn what is the right regimen to pursue to achieve your goals.

 

Tips on setting date for your goal on Step 3

This is the summary of your plan. Note that your target is simply that, a target, and your actual results, such as your specific weight or body fat percentage, may vary based on your individual physique and the specific diet and exercise that you pursue.

You use energy no matter what you're doing, even when sleeping. BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate, is the number of calories that your body burns on an average day without any form of additional activity or exercise. A regular routine of cardiovascular exercise and increase your BRM, improving your health and fitness and your body's natural ability to burn calories.

Your BMR is calculated in the following way:

Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - (4.7 x age in years )
Men: BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches ) - ( 6.8 x age in years )

 

It takes time to achieve goal and depending on your current body fat it may take some time to get there. A target of losing no more than three pounds per week is recommended. A good strategy is to set smaller, achievable goals as steps towards your long-term goal.

 

Your body is constantly burning calories throughout the day, even when you’re not being physically active. This is your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and it is the minimum amount of calories your body needs to perform its day to day functions, such as digesting foods, maintain your normal heart rate and blood pressure, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions


BC1

  1. What if I move, bend my arms, etc.?
    Answer: To get the best, most accurate results, place the device on a waist-high countertop or hold it at waist level with your arms straight out in front of you.
  2. What if I hold it straight out in front of me?
    Answer: If you hold it at shoulder level, it will not give the most accurate reading due to muscle contractions in your arms and shoulders.
  3. Do I need to squeeze the BC1?
    Answer: No, just place your hands on the sides of the unit and hold firmly.
  4. Can I sit down and hold the BC1?
    Answer: It's best to stand, but the most important thing is to be consistent in your position every time you take a reading, as results may vary slightly from standing to seated positions.
  5. How does the BC1 Body Composition Analyzer work?
    Answer: The BC1 Body Composition Analyzer uses bio-impedance technology, a state-of-the art, very accurate method of determining body mass. The device sends a mild electrical current through your body, measuring both the strength and speed of the return current. From these readings, the software calculates your body mass. The device is safe, but you should not use it if you are pregnant or have an implanted electrical medical device such as a pacemaker.
  6. Will it hurt?
    Answer: No, the electrical current generated is extremely low power.
  7. How accurate is this device?
    Answer: The prediction error for the BC1 is between 2% to 2.5%. This is comparable to hydrostatic (underwater) weighing.
  8. How does the BC1 compare with hydrostatic (underwater) weighing, DEXA whole body scanning and other methods of determining your body composition?
    Answer: The BC1's accuracy is comparable to hydrostatic weighing. The variance is generally less than .0005. The gold standard today is DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry), a machine that can cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The BC1 is generally within .0009 of DEXA readings. Other less precise methods include Caliper (Skin Fold) Measurement, NIR (Near Infrared Interactance), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Total Body Electrical Conductivity (TOBEC), Computed Tomography (CT), Air Displacement (Bod Pod). Many of these methods require expensive machinery and a visit to the clinic or hospital, and no matter what method you choose it will be an estimate, and subject to some error. We believe the BC1 provides the best value and accuracy for the price in the world today.
  9. Is there any way to know your true body composition for sure?
    Answer: The only way to measure your body composition with 100% accuracy is to do an autopsy.
  10. Why is there so much error?
    Answer: As stated above, the only way to eliminate error is to actually physically examine the organs, muscles and bones. Even a full body scan is not exact. Once you introduce an estimation into the mix via an equation (which all methods do) it's impossible to be exact. The trick is to eliminate as much variability and error as possible given the tool you're using. Stayhealthy has spent over a decade refining its measurement algorithms to be as accurate as possible.
  11. Why do all the methods give different estimations?
    Answer: Each method of estimation is based on a different set of data and use different prediction formulas. Stayhealthy's formulas and devices are used by medical researchers all over the world because they've found them to be highly accurate.
  12. I've been trying to drink more water based on my BC1 readings, but it doesn't seem to change the hydration reading. Why not?
    Answer: The BC1 Body Composition Analyzer's readings of hydration (body water) are currently a statistical calculation based on your lean body mass, and as such give only a generalized reading for anyone with your body mass. We are in the process of modifying our software to calculate your personal hydration level.
  13. Can my spouse/family/friend measure along with me?
    Answer: Yes. You can create multiple profiles for the BC1 so the whole family can use it to measure their body compositions as they work to improve their health.

Body Composition

  1. What happens if I check the wrong fitness category?
    Answer: Your demographic information is used to steer the bioelectrical current reading into a population-specific algorithm, or prediction formula, based on a population with similar physical characteristics. In order to get the best estimate, it's important to be as accurate as possible with your answers to the questions posed when setting up the device. (This is true for any method of body composition estimation.)
  2. What is lean body mass?
    Answer: Lean body mass is everything in your body except body fat - muscles, bones, organs, blood, etc.
  3. How come I have so much body water?
    Answer: Your body and all other mammal bodies contain approximately 70% of water by weight.
  4. Why does my lean body mass, body fat, and body water add up to more than 100% or more than my total weight?
    Answer: Your lean body mass and body fat add up to 100% or your total weight. Your body water is virtually all contained within your lean body mass and is not added to the other two figures. In other words, water is part of the lean body mass.
  5. How does it know how much body fat/water I have?
    Answer: The device sends a small number of electrical currents into your body. Because certain body tissues conduct electricity better than others, the device can measure the current leaving your body and estimate your body composition, based on very sophisticated algorithms developed over years of clinical testing.
  6. If I just ate, drank, or worked out will it affect my results?
    Answer: In most instances it won't, but we recommend you adopt a routine of capturing your reading in the morning before you begin your daily activity.
  7. How come other bio-impedance devices tell me I have really high body fat?
    Answer: With normal bio-impedance devices, your hydration status can affect the results. For example, the devices see that you don't have much body water, and since your body water is all contained within your lean body mass, the devices think you do not have very much lean tissue. And if you don't have very much lean tissue, the devices assume the rest must be fat.
  8. How often should I test my body fat?
    Answer: It is not a good idea to put much emphasis on back-to-back readings whether 1 day apart or 1 week apart. Looking for trends over a series of readings will give you much more help in reaching and maintaining your desired body composition.
  9. What is essential fat?
    Answer: This is the amount of fat you need to be healthy and for your body to function properly. Having less than this amount of fat can be dangerous to your health. Generally speaking, a female's essential fat is 10-12% and a male's is 2-4%.
  10. Why do women have more body fat?
    Answer: In addition to the basic essential fat we all need, women have an additional 9-12% fat primarily to provide protection for child-bearing and to account for additional breast tissue.
  11. What does total body water mean?
    Answer: Your percentage of body water refers to the amount of water in your lean body mass. This number varies from person to person, depending on your lean to fat ratio. The more lean body mass you have, the more body water you will have. Generally, men have 65% - 75% body water and women have slightly less, 50% - 60%.
  12. What should my lean body mass be?
    Answer: Your lean body mass is just the inverse of your body fat percentage, or in other words, everything but fat is lean body mass. By decreasing body fat and increasing lean body mass simultaneously, you improve the ratio, which is what you want to do, as long as you don't go below your essential body fat percentage. You can use this chart as a general guideline:

    General Body Fat Percentage Categories

  13. How can I increase my lean body mass?
    Answer: You can increase your lean body mass through resistance training, which increases strength and muscle mass. Additionally, cardiovascular exercise can improve your lean body mass in your lower extremities.
  14. How can I decrease body fat?
    Answer: You can decrease body fat by burning more calories than you consume, and by exercising regularly with a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training.
  15. What are the body fat guidelines?
    Answer:
     HealthyAcceptableAt Risk
    MEN4.0-19.9 %20.0-25.9 %26.0+
    WOMEN15.0-24.9 %25.0-29.9 %30.0+
    CHILDREN7.0-16.9 %17.0-23.9 %24.0+

CT1

  1. My CT1 Calorie Tracker shows I'm burning calories but I'm not losing any weight. What do I need to do?
    Answer: How many calories you're burning is only part of what you need to know to plan an effective weight loss program. Also important is how many calories you're consuming. If you're consuming as many or more than you're burning, then you won't lose weight. Don't reduce your calorie intake too much, though, or your metabolism will slow down, reducing your body's calorie-burning capabilities and your ability to lose weight.
  2. I got my CT1 Calorie Tracker wet and now it doesn't work. What should I do?
    Answer: Unfortunately the CT1 calorie tracker isn't completely waterproof. If the circuitry got wet it may be ruined for good. You can try letting is sit for a week or so to see if it dries out and starts to work. If not, you'll need to order another one – sorry!
  3. What do I do when I'm wearing clothing that doesn't have a waistband?
    Answer: While we suggest you wear your CT1 Calorie Tracker as often as you can, and to accurately track your calories burned it needs to be worn near your waist (your center of gravity),we understand that sometimes it's just not possible, and that's okay. If you can't wear it for a time (like when you're sleeping) it will still continue to count the calories your body is burning. It will just make the assumption that you're sleeping or lying down when you're not wearing it. So, just recognize that, if you're not wearing it and you're very active, the calories burned number will be less than you actually burned on that day. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint, and sometimes life will get in the way and throw up obstacles and roadblocks to your progress. Give yourself a break and do the best you can – just don't give up!
  4. I changed my battery on my CT1 and now it's not working any more. What's wrong?
    Answer: You need to re-initialize the unit each time your CT1's battery is changed. Once it loses power, it "forgets" who you are. Insert your CT1 into the docking station as you would to upload and log in. Once logged in, select your CT1 from the list box and click "initialize" on the right hand side, then simply follow the instructions. It should start working as before.
  5. My unit doesn't seem to be working right. What do I do?
    Answer: First, check the troubleshooting section of your user manual. If you're still having problems, contact customer support at customer.support@stayhealthy.com.
  6. Can someone else use my CT1?
    Answer: Only if they have an account and have re-initialized the unit to match their profile. Otherwise, the unit will probably not read their caloric burn accurately. You can purchase additional units for your friends and family. There is no limit to the number of units you can buy or use with a single docking station.
  7. How accurate is my CT1?
    Answer: For activities that involve "whole body movement" (such as running, walking, aerobic exercise, etc.) the CT1 is very accurate - the technology it's based on is used in major universities around the world to study physiology. For "specific area movement" (such as bicycling or weight lifting) it is not quite as accurate. We are currently in the process of modifying our algorithms to account for these circumstances. When completed, you won't have to do anything, the changes will be made automatically when you dock your device and upload your information.

Tracking Calories

  1. What does my calorie burn information mean?
    Answer: If you are using an activity monitor, every time you upload your activity data your information in the calorie burn section will automatically be updated. The large numeric and color coded value on your dashboard reflects your total calorie burn for the most recent 24 hour period for which you uploaded data. If the number is green then you are within ten percent of your daily calorie burn goal. Yellow indicates that you are between 10 and 20 percent below your goal, and red indicates that you are more than 20 percent below your goal.

General Questions

  1. Where can I get download the drivers I need to load my device (e.g. BC1 or CT1)
    Answer: Each of our devices comes with specific directions. Please review the directions and download the software as needed. Should you have any further questions, please contact us at ‘customersupport@stayhealthy.com’
  2. How do I order devices to use?
    Answer: need answer.
  3. What is BMR and why is it important?
    Answer: Your body is constantly burning calories throughout the day, even when you’re not being physically active. This is your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and it is the minimum amount of calories your body needs to perform its day to day functions, such as digesting foods, maintain your normal heart rate and blood pressure, etc. Knowing your BMR number let’s you understand and determine the amount of calories you need to manipulate to lose body fat.
  4. Can I change part of my profile?
    Answer: The fields in your Profile are editable at any time. You may change any of the information listed by simply selecting the Edit button associated with the field.
  5. What do the different colors mean?
    Answer: Stayhealthy uses colors to help you track your progress as you work at staying healthy. Numbers represented in the green color mean you are in the Healthy range; numbers represented in yellow mean you are in the Acceptable range and numbers represented in red mean you are in the At Risk range.
  6. Who do I contact if I think a device isn’t working?
    Answer: You may contact us via email at ‘customersupport@stayhealthy.com’ should you be experiencing issues with one of our devices

Goal Setting

  1. How do I set up a goal?
    Answer: The Stayhealthy Goal Setter will walk you step by step through creating your fat loss goal. It is important to remember that changing your body composition takes time. Reducing your body fat percentage 2-4% per month is a realistic goal. You can always return to the goal setter to set a new goal after you attain the one you set now. You can access to Goal Setter within the Goals area of the dashboard.
  2. May I revise a goal I have already created?
    Answer: You may revise your goal at any time by selecting the Goal Setter and changing your goal or the date by which you wish to achieve your goal. You can access the Goal Setter within the Goals area of the dashboard.


Please consult with your doctor, or licensed health care professional before you begin any fitness, exercise, nutrition, diet or weight loss program or other change in lifestyle. Any information provided is in no way meant to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness from happening.
Specific medical advice should be obtained from a licensed health care practitioner.

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