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The Evolt 360 Ecosystem consists of a body composition analyser, which utilises an eight electrode multifrequency segmental analysis known as Biometrical Impedance Analysis.

Get access to over 40 different measuring parameters such as Skeletal Muscle Mass, Total Body Water, Bone Mineral Content, Protein, Body Fat Percentage, Visceral Fat Levels and Segmental Analysis, B.M.R and Total Energy Expenditure​, Age Match to Body (fitness age) and much much more!

The Evolt 360 advanced measuring system uses a 4 Compartment (Body Water, Protein/Mineral, and Fat) model using a 5 cylinder (left and right upper limb, left and right lower limb and torso) measurement approach.  It uses 5 measured compartments (cylinders) rather than the old 1 compartment system.

BIA technology was the science that was originally developed for the use in monitoring hospital patients after surgery, as well as astronauts after space travel. Nowadays, this technology is used in many areas of medicine, from Nephrology to Oncology, in Sports Science, Fitness, and Medical wellness, in Nutrition, Weight Management and Lifestyle monitoring.

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What is BIA technology?

The Evolt 360 uses a scientifically validated test known as Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). It is considered the fastest, non-invasive method of screening total body composition.

Bioelectrical Impedance (BIA) works by passing a safe, low intensity electrical current through the body via the tactical points on the machine (feet and hands). In very basic terms, the resistance to flow of the current determines the difference between muscle mass, fat mass (including visceral and subcutaneous), water and mineral.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to test for a scan?

Whilst not always possible, the recommended time to scan would be under the following conditions:

  • First thing in the morning after emptying the bladder
  • In a fasted state (ie no food prior to scanning)
  • Well hydrated (Indicated by clear urine)
  • No consumption of caffeine or caffeine containing supplements
  • No training or activity that raises body temperature

How does BIA technology differ from a DEXA measurement?

BIA uses a multi frequency methodto measure the resistance of the current flowing through tissue.  DEXA is a dual energy x-ray that measures density of tissue and is the gold standard of Bone Density measurements in medicine.

DEXA provides a measure of body composition using dual energy x-ray whereas BIA incorporates an alternating multi frequency electrical current as a mode of analysis, therefore, variation between a BIA and DEXA is anticipated.  Additional factors that will contribute to this variation may include:

  • Different time of the day
  • Different food contents & hydration as well as medications or supplementation that read differently through the resistance of BIA
  • DEXA treats breast implants as a foreign tissue and are included in the bone measurement whereas BIA treats breast implants as fat tissue and included in the fat measurement
  • Different DEXA machines can also show quite varied results depending on the brand of DEXA.

The take home message for any body composition measurement is to use the exact same device at the same time of day and with the same food contents, hydration status, the same supplements and medications as well as in an untrained state.  Consistency is key for repeatability of results.

How does BIA technology differ from a skinfold measurement?

Skinfold measurements are a measurement of subcutaneous fat only and will never reflect the Total Body Fat measurement on the BIA scan, which also includes visceral fat as well as subcutaneous fat.

Skinfold measurements are subject to a very high degree of inaccuracy and rely on a skilled individual to take the measurements who is qualified in anthropometry.  Unless you can anticipate the exact same skinfold pinch every time, the consistency in readings is often unreliable.

Of course, skinfold measurements are beneficial for physique competitors who use skilled coaches to measure a subcutaneous metric, but, this is only fat tissue under the skin.

Why do results change slightly between different BIA devices?

It is not recommended to compare scan results between different brands of BIA devices.

Some brands of BIA may incorporate default algorithms with pre-set age, height or gender which will provide an incorrect measure of body composition as referenced in published research, including the work of Aragon et al (2017)and Meleleoet al (2017), the accuracy of BIA is reliant based on 5 variables, namely factors which are (i) Gender, (ii) Age, (iii) Height, (iv) Weight & (v) Impedance Value.  As forms of BIA analysis are consistent with other types of body composition measurement devices such as DEXA and Bod Pod, whereby the accuracy of the algorithm relies on population statistics.  Irrespective of the method of body composition, variation between brands of equipment is likely to occur, for example, undertaking a scan on two different brands of DEXA will be expected to produce variation in results.

We recommend that you use the Evolt 360 Scan as a baseline measurement and keep using the Evolt 360 scan to measure progression in a standardized state.

How often is it recommended to scan?

To ensure consistency of progressive measurements that are consistent with your training and nutrition goals, we recommend scanning every 4-6 weeks.  You should expect to see a result in 4 weeks if you are following the right training and nutrition protocols.

I did a follow up scan and I lost muscle and gained fat?

There are various reasons this scenario can occur depending on nutritional Intake, training regimes and lifestyle.

Firstly, you should check whether your nutrition has been sufficient to meet your calorie deficit requirements.

It is not uncommon for people to severely reduce calories and substantially increase cardiovascular training in an effort to see significant and quick weight loss.  Severe calorie reductions may result in a decrease in skeletal muscle mass and increase in body fat if the training demands are too high, which will be reflected In the scan result.

This scenario of high training volume can be common in people who commence HIIT style training with severe calorie restriction.

We recommend checking your macronutrient requirements using MyMacros on the Evolt Active App and testing with at least 2 weeks full adherence.

I didn't get the result I was hoping for?

As previously mentioned, it is important that your first and follow up scan is completed under the exact same circumstances being the same time of day, same food consumption, same hydration, same time of the date, same un-trained status, same medications and/or supplements and also the same week in the menstrual cycle (if you are female)

Depending on the time frame between scans and the results you were looking to achieve, ensure that you have followed/checked the following steps –

  • Full adherence to training activity.
  • Full adherence to nutrition strategy inclusive of meeting calorie deficits or surplus and ensuring the right macronutrient break down for your goal.
  • Ensure supplementation and/or medications remain the same during the time frame.

Essentially though, if results are not as expected, changes need to be made to either your training or nutrition protocols.  The beauty of being able to scan on the Evolt 360 is the ease at which you can assess feedback on whether your nutrition and training is right for the goal you are trying to achieve.

I'm competing in bodybuilding, will the Evolt 360 track my prep?

Yes, the Evolt 360 will track changes for a Physique contest whether it be for a bikini athlete or body builder.

Physique sports such as body building are judged purely in a physical appearanceso genetics and muscularity become an important aspect.  In terms of body fat, physique athletes are not judged on a body fat percentage measure so determining body fat for the stage is impossible to ascertain given that some people can look visibly leaner whilst carrying a higher body fat percentage.

From an individual perspective, the physique athlete should use the Evolt 360 to track their progression throughout the contest prep then use those metrics to gauge their progression in future contest preps.

If there is a significant change during the contest prep such as the addition of supplementation or anything that significantly affects hydration, be aware that there may be some inconsistencies in readings. To ensure consistency and reliability in progressive readings, consistency around conditions must be maintained.

I look lean but my body fat is high?

Visible leanness does not always reflect an individual’s total body fat content. In other words, some individuals can look leaner than they actually are.  Thismay be influenced by a number of reasonsincluding individual body fat distribution characteristics; however, one reason could be due to the fact that the high body fat is made up of significantly high visceral fat mass which is the fat that surrounds internal organs.

Visceral fat cannot be determined visually,therefore it is not uncommon for some people can look leaner than they perceive themselves to be when they look in the mirror.

As previously mentioned, it is important to assess consistency in readings and under the following conditions:

  • First thing in the morning after emptying the bladder
  • In a fasted state (ie no food)
  • Well hydrated
  • No consumption of caffeine or caffeine containing supplements.
  • No training or activity that raises body temperature

Despite body fat reading higher than expected by the individual, the validity and reliability of the Evolt 360 will provide consistency in progressive readings.

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