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Body Composition Analysis

How It WorksScale

The InBody 270 uses a bioelectrical impedance method to calculate total body water, total lean mass, and total body fat. This is not a diagnostic tool and does not provide any information on health status.

For a more accurate result please follow the suggested instructions:

  • Hydrate the day before
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine 24 hours prior to testing
  • Avoid exercising 6-12 hours prior to testing
  • Do not eat 3-4 hours prior to testing
  • Avoid using lotion or ointment on your hands and feet
  • Try to drink 4 cups of water before your appointment
  • Use the bathroom prior to testing
  • If you will be menstruating during the time you scheduled your appointment, the results may not be very accurate
  • If possible, come to your appointment in active wear clothing (you will be asked to remove shoes, socks, jewelry and belts)

Bioelectrical impedance is not recommended for those who have medical devices or think they are pregnant.

The Body Composition Analysis is conducted by a Health Educator and requires you to stand barefoot (in light clothing) on a scale. This is a 15-20 minute appointment. 

You will receive a computer generated analysis with the following information: body weight, body mass index (BMI), percentage of body fat, calculated basal metabolic rate (BMR), fat mass, fat-free mass, and total body water.  

NOTE:  This FREE service is only available to registered UC San Diego students. 

You can make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian for any follow-up concerns you may have.

Schedule an Appointment

As of 3/10/23 the InBody machine is out for service, and we plan to resume appointments in the spring quarter.

The Body Composition Analysis is offered during weeks 1-10 and is scheduled by appointment.

Log in to MyStudentChart > Click on visits > Schedule an appointment > Choose SHS Health Promotion Services