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What does your scan mean?

The InBody results sheet provides an extensive array of relevant and specific parameters relating to body composition. A full interpretation guide is provided whenever a test is completed. However, a unique feature of InBody is the ability to provide a person’s results in a very simple manner.

Muscle fat analysis table

Simply, locate the muscle fat analysis table on your InBody results sheet. Generally located towards the top part of your results sheet. From this we want to look at what your results mean.

The muscle and fat analysis component of the InBody test is an effective and quick indicator of your scans overall results. It will create a generalised shape which is a good marker to determine your overall body composition balance. The three predominant shapes are C, I and D and form a “Traffic light system”.

So how does this work?

In the examples below, each shape represents a colour on the traffic light system and relates to that particular signal. These have been aligned to the universally accepted reactions of a traffic light systems as follows :

C = Red/STOP – indicates intervention is likely needed

I = Amber/DECISION TIME – indicates you may question your current methods and intervene if necessary

D = Green/KEEP GOING – indicates a likely balanced body composition


The C-Shape

In the below example of the muscle fat analysis, you will see that this particular example has:

  • Higher body weight

  • Lower skeletal muscle mass levels

  • Higher body fat levels

All of these are creating a predominant C shape.


The general characteristics of the C shape are:

  • Higher visceral fat level – potentially dangerous internal fat

  • Higher body fat mass

  • Large difference to arm circumference and arm muscle circumference – arm muscle circumference is the measurement of your arm minus the body fat, a large difference between the arm circumference and the arm muscle circumference is indicative of a large amount of fat in this area and is suggestive of possible hormonal imbalances which may effect fat distribution around the body

  • Lower InBody score – this score reflects the overall evaluation of your InBody test, the higher the score the much better your overall result

  • This is generally not an ideal body shape and may require further intervention from a Health Care Professional


The I-Shape

In the below example of the muscle fat analysis you will see that this particular example has:

Uniform measures of:

  • Body weight

  • Skeletal muscle mass

  • Body fat

  • No one area more predominant than another, which creates an I shape


The characteristics of the I shape are:

  • Generally has an average to lower overall InBody score

  • It is still suggested, that the I shape may require intervention to possibly reduce body fat levels and ideally increase muscle mass. However, this is dependant on the specific goals of the individual.


The D-Shape

Lastly the D shape, in the below example of the muscle fat analysis you will see that this particular example has:

  • Generally body weight is normal to above

  • Good to above average level of skeletal muscle mass

  • Generally lower body fat level


The main characteristics of the D shape are:

  • Lower visceral fat level

  • Lower body fat mass

  • Above average to high InBody score

  • Possibility of having a much lower risk of health related factors in comparison to the C shape

  • The D shape is the idealistic shape one should strive to achieve, quite often found on well-trained and active individuals


*Please note that this method is a simple, general interpretation of your results. For a more comprehensive overview please refer to your InBody interpretation guide under the guidance of your healthcare professional.

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