FitPlus for Women

Women's bodies are biologically designed to have more body fat than men. By nature, a woman's body is developed to protect her and a potential foetus. As a result, women have more fat-storing enzymes and fewer fat-burning enzymes. The hormone oestrogen also activates fat-storing enzymes, causing them to multiply.


Women experience much greater changes in their hydration level than men because of their menstrual cycle. This will affect your body fat percentage readings. Retaining fluid may also cause your weight to fluctuate day-to-day, causing additional variations in your body fat readings.


In order to understand your natural monthly body cycle, you may find it useful to monitor and record your weight and body fat readings every day for a month. This information will enable you to establish the most reliable baseline and help you understand the full range of normal fluctuations in your body fat readings.


Hormonal changes during menopause can also cause water retention and measurement variations.


To successfully monitor your progress, remember to compare weight and body fat percentage readings taken under the same conditions over a period of time, paying attention to fluctuations caused by your menstrual cycle.


And stay within the women's - not the men's - healthy body fat range!


Click to view the Healthy Body Fat Ranges chart

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Based on NIH/WHO BMI guidelines. As reported by Gallagher et al at NY Obesity Research Center.


BIA in Pregnancy

There is no health risk associated with using the Body Fat Monitor during pregnancy. However, when you are pregnant, the body's hormones go into overdrive to provide optimum conditions for the growing baby. Fat is stored around the stomach and hip areas to provide warmth and protection for the foetus and is not as evenly distributed around the body as it would be at other times. This impacts on the reading given by the Body Fat Monitor.


There have also been insufficient research studies in relation to body fat during pregnancy, meaning suitable equations and "healthy" ranges have not been validated for pregnant women.


Health Risks For Women

Too little body fat...
It is possible to have too little body fat. Young women are especially at risk of anaemia and insufficient calcium could lay the foundations for osteoporosis in later life. Amenorrhoea - missing menstrual periods - is common and could lead to infertility.


Too much body fat...
Obesity has become a serious health threat for women at every stage of life. Female-specific conditions attributable to being overweight include an increased incidence of breast cancer after menopause (particularly for women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT)), and higher rates of endometrial cancer. Also associated with obesity are various birth defects, obstetric and gynaecological complications and infertility. Obesity has also been documented in connection with stress incontinence in women.

FitPLUS - Introducing A Unique Feature For Women

Based on scientific research, Tanita has developed FitPLUS, an additional and totally unique feature for their body composition monitors, designed specifically for women.


FitPLUS monitors the natural metabolic changes throughout the month and correlates this with how the body responds to diet and exercise. Easy and quick to use, with a distinctive traffic light system, FitPLUS gives healthy prompts at the different phases of the menstrual cycle to maximise calorie burn and minimise fatigue:


By harnessing and understanding the natural cycle, FitPLUS gives the active woman a personal diary on her body composition monitor to maximise and maintain her health including body fat, muscle mass, hydration, visceral fat rating and other features provided by Tanita’s advanced BIA technology.


Click to view the Fitplus Feature Chart

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