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What does your scan mean?

Locate the muscle fat analysis on your InBody scan, generally located towards the top part of your scan. From this we want to look at, what do your results mean?

The muscle and fat analysis component of the InBody scan is an effective and quick indicator of your current health status

It will create a generalised shape which is a good marker to determine your overall body composition rating.

The three predominant shapes are C, I and D and form a “Traffic light system”. So how does this work?

Traffic Light

As you can see from the examples each shape represents a colour on the traffic light system and relates to the particular signal

C = Red/STOP and indicates intervention is likely needed

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

D = Green/KEEP GOING and indicates a likely healthy body composition


Firstly the C shape, as per 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 characteristics of the C shape are:

  • Higher visceral fat level – potentially dangerous internal fat
  • Higher percentage of body fat
  • Generalised larger waist-hip ratio
  • 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 hormonal imbalances which can effect fat distribution around the body
  • Lower InBody score – This score reflects the overall evaluation of your InBody scan, the higher the score the much better your overall result
  • Overall obesity evaluation scores poorly
  • This shape creates a higher probability of being at risk of many health-related illnesses such as hypertension, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • This is generally not an idealistic body shape and may require further intervention from a Health Care Professional


The next example is the I shape, as per the below example of the muscle fat analysis you will see that this particular example has:


Uniform measures of

  • body weight
  • skeletal muscle mass
  • and body fat
  • with no one area more predominant than another and as such creates an I shape


The characteristics of the I shape are:

  • Generally found in untrained individuals – but not always the case
  • Generally has an average to lower overall InBody score
  • It is still suggestive that the I shape may still require intervention to possibly reduce body fat levels and idealistically increase muscle mass


Lastly the D shape, as per 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 percentage of body fat
  • Waist-hip ratio generally in normal ranges
  • Above average to high InBody score
  • Overall individual obesity evaluations are generally good
  • Much lower risk factors of health related diseases when in comparison to the C and I.
  • 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, generalised 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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