702 - 586 Eglinton Ave East

Toronto, ON

647-347-9572

info@bodyinsight.ca

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Questions

Where are you located?


We are located in Suite 702 at 586 Eglinton Ave E. inside The Bayview Eglinton Medical Centre. The building is located one block west of Bayview on the north side of Eglinton.




Is there parking?


There is limited paid parking behind the building, accessed via Eglinton just west of the main entrance. Parking behind the building is free on weekends. There is free parking on the surrounding side streets including Hoyle Ave., Mann Ave. and Roehampton Ave.




Do you have changerooms?


We do not have shower facilities, but we do have a change area where you can change into your workout clothes.




Are your services covered by insurance?


Unfortunately, our services are generally not covered by most insurance providers.




Do you have any other locations?


We currently only have one location in midtown Toronto. But we are mobile! We can bring our test equipment to your facility and provide on-site testing. This is a great way to provide low-cost, hassle-free testing for groups of 5 or more people. Adding our testing services to your boot camp class, running group or weight loss challenge is a great way to deliver a value-added service to your clients. If you’re interested, please contact us at info@bodyinsight.ca to learn more.





Body Composition

What is a Body Composition Test?


A Body Composition Test measures your fat mass, muscle mass, hydration status and visceral fat. Monitoring these elements lets you see if your training and nutrition efforts are having the desired effect. For example, if you are losing fat and gaining muscle, the scale will not show any change in weight while Body Composition Testing will reveal your true progress.




What technology do you use to measure body composition?


We use SECA’s medical Body Composition Analyzer, a medical grade bio-impedance device. While early generations of bio-impedance technology suffered from poor accuracy, SECA’s device employs cutting edge sensing technology and processing algorithms to deliver best in class accuracy, precision, and repeatability.




How do I prepare for my Body Composition Test?


To get the best accuracy from the test, avoid strenuous exercise and large meals in the four hours prior to your test. Empty your bladder prior your test. Please wear light-weight clothing and be prepared to remove your socks and shoes.




What should I expect during my Body Composition test?


For Body Composition testing, you will be asked to stand barefoot on a platform, hold the device’s handrails and remain still for 20 seconds while we complete the measurements. After your test, a technician will review the results with you and provide you with a copy of your test results.




How often should I repeat my Body Composition Test?


If you are actively trying to achieve a body composition goal, through diet, exercise, or a combination of both, then we recommend re-testing every 6-8 weeks. If your main focus is monitoring your composition or maintaining your health, then re-testing every 6 months or once a year works well.





3D Shape Analysis

What is 3D Shape Analysis?


3D Shape analysis creates a digital model of your body accurate to within +/- 0.1 inch. This allows you to objectively see yourself in 3D. Pan, tilt and rotate your body model to get an accurate look at body shape from all angles. Identify muscular imbalances and asymmetry that can lead to injury. Assess your posture. By repeating the test every few months, you can see how your body shape changes over time.




What technology do you use to measure body shape?


We use Styku’s Phoenix 3D scanner. The device uses harmless Infra-red light to scan the body and collect hundreds of thousands of measurements during a 35 second scan.




How do I prepare for my 3D Shape Analysis?


To get the best accuracy from the test, avoid large meals in the four hours prior to your test and empty your bladder before your test. Please wear thin, form-fitting clothing. Briefs or compression shorts work well for men, while a sports bra and compression shorts or yoga pants work well for women.




What should I expect during my 3D Shape Analysis?


You will be asked to stand still on a turntable with your arms extended by your side. With you standing on the turntable, it will complete a 360 rotation, which takes about 35 seconds, while the infra-red camera scans your body. After your test, a technician will review the results with you, and you will receive an electronic copy of your results.




How often should I repeat my 3D Shape Analysis?


Because the 3D shape analysis is so accurate, it is a great way to detect subtle changes in your body shape (sometimes even before you see results on the scale). If you are actively trying to gain or lose weight, consider repeating this test every 4 weeks.





VO2 Max Test

What is a VO2 Max Test?


A VO2 max test measures your body’s rate of oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production at various levels of exertion. This test is a great way to measure your aerobic fitness and the data from the test can pinpoint your anaerobic threshold which is very helpful in determining your unique training heart rate zones.




How do I prepare for my V02 Max Test?


To ensure the best accuracy, please avoid strenuous exercise, caffeine, nicotine, and other stimulants on the day of your test. Wear or bring comfortable workout attire and be prepared to run hard.




What should I expect during my VO2 Max Test?


You will be asked to wear a heart rate monitor and a face mask for this test. You will exercise on the treadmill at increasing intensity while we monitor your heart rate and breathing. Every minute, we will increase the speed or incline of the treadmill until you tell us to stop the test. Depending upon your fitness level, the test can last up to 15 minutes. Upon stopping the test, we will monitor your heart rate recovery for three minutes and give you a brief cool-down on the treadmill. After the test we will review your test results and provide you with an electronic copy for your records.




How often should I repeat my VO2 Max Test?


If you are using your VO2 test results to identify your training heart rate zones, then you should repeat your VO2Max test at the end of every training cycle (3-6months) to see if your training had the desired effect and to establish new heart rate zones for your next training cycle. If you are simply interested in your VO2 score as a measure of your aerobic fitness, then testing every 6 months or once a year is a good way to monitor your score.





Metabolism Test

What is a Metabolism Test?


A metabolism test measures the oxygen that your body consumes at rest. Using this measurement, we can calculate your Resting Energy Expenditure, also referred to as your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). Knowing your RMR lets us accurately determine your daily calorie needs required to lose weight, gain weight or maintain your current state.




How do I prepare for my Metabolism Test?


To ensure the best accuracy, we recommend that you arrive for your test in a rested and relaxed state. Avoid large meals, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine or other stimulants in the four hours before your test. Avoid exercise for at least 4 hours before your test.




What should I expect during my Metabolism Test?


During your test, you will sit in a comfortable chair and breathe into a mouthpiece. We will monitor your breathing and oxygen consumption for 15 minutes. After the test we will review your test results and provide you with an electronic copy for your records.




How often should I repeat my Metabolism Test?


Many factors can cause your metabolism to change over time. Calorie restricted dieting, significant weight gain or loss, stress, nutrient deficiencies, hormone changes and medications can all cause meaningful changes to your metabolic rate. We recommend getting re-tested 1) when you achieve your goal weight 2) if your progress towards your goal stalls or 3) if you suspect any of the above mentioned factors may have changed since your last test.





Miscellaneous

Is it true that DEXA is the Gold Standard for measuring Body Composition?


DXA is frequently advertised as the Gold Standard for Body Composition, but this is simply not true. The real ‘gold standard’ for measuring body composition uses a four-compartment model. With this model, different analytical techniques are used to measure body mass, total body water, body volume and body density. The four-compartment model requires completing four different tests, including hydrostatic weighing, X-ray scanning and deuterium dilution assessment of hydration, these tests are expensive and impractical in a clinical environment. Other techniques that have been developed to evaluate body composition include air displacement plethysmography (BodPod), bioimpedance (Seca mBCA, inbody) and DEXA. Each of these other methods are calibrated against a four-compartment model and rely on their own algorithms and assumptions to determine ones body fat based on some other easily measured parameters. When comparing each of these methods to the gold-standard four compartment model, Body Insight’s mBCA bio-impedance device shows better agreement with the four-compartment model than DEXA for a large segment of the population.





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