Hydrate well the day before.
Proper hydration of the cells yields better results.
Stand upright for at least 5 minutes prior to testing.
While it’s best to test in the morning, this helps to ensure the body water has been redistributed throughout the body if you’ve recently woke up.
Avoid drinking caffeine on the day of your test.
Caffeine has been known to raise the body temperature and have an affect on bodily fluids, thus giving skewed ICW/ECW ratios, and LBM readings.
Avoid eating 3-4 hours prior to testing.
Food mass is included in the examinee’s weight and thus, may result in measurement errors.
Use the restroom prior to testing.
The volume of waste is included in the weight measurement, affecting accuracy of the results.
Avoid exercising 6-12 hours prior to testing.
Elevated body heat can affect the impedance levels, influencing lower but skewed, body fat
because the electrical currents are able to travel faster.
Avoid consuming alcohol for 24 hours prior to testing.
Influences dehydration which would affect the ICW/ECW ratios.
Avoid InBody testing after a shower or sauna.
Skews ICW/ECW ratios since water is drawn out of the body.
Avoid using lotion or ointment on hands or feet.
Interferes with the conductivity on the skin.
If testing in the winter, warm yourself up for 20 minutes prior to testing.
Just as heat can affect the impedance levels, cold does as well. Only a concern if you’ve been outside for awhile and your limbs are cold and/or you’re shivering.
Avoid testing if you have medical implants such as pacemakers and other life-sustaining medical implants.
The small electric currents, although harmless, may interfere with the devices.
Avoid testing if you’re pregnant or menstruating as total body water will be higher than normal.
Remove all jewelry, socks, pantyhose and shoes. Light gym clothes would be optimal.