Bodycomp Imaging

Bodycomp Imaging

Want to know your exact percent fat and muscle mass? Need help with your bone density or daily caloric needs? Come and see me!

Bodycomp offers a new way to look at your body. Our scans tell you how much lean tissue (muscle), fat and bone your body is composed of. Those three components added together make up your total weight. Using this information we will calculate your percent fat, bone density, and your muscle symmetry.

We calculate how many calories your body burns per day based upon your muscle mass and activity level. Learn how many calories you should be eating to lose fat, maintain your weight or to increase muscle mass.

DXA scans are considered the gold standard in body composition measurement. The process is safe, quick and painless. Repeat scans every three to six months will allow you to measure changes in muscle and fat mass.

Lean tissue is healthy. Excessive body fat is not. Your scales can't tell the difference, but a Bodycomp scan can.

Thanks for the emails guys - this batch of scans have all been claimed, but keep your eyes open for more in the future.

Bodycomp Imaging White Rock is getting ready for our grand opening. We're giving away 10 free scans this week to help build awareness. If you are interested please email and I'll arrange your booking. This post will be updated when all of the bookings are gone. Thank you for your ongoing support!

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.

Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

Many clients are somewhat shocked to discover that their spine is not perfectly aligned as though it's out of a text book. It turns out that a minor scoliosis may not actually be a deficit in some sports and it's a factor in Bolt's left/right leg power differential. Bolt is the fastest sprinter ever in spite of — or because of? — an uneven stride that upends conventional wisdom.

[12/01/17]   My friend and colleague John Fawcus is putting on some cool FREE workshops. This weekend there is Fundamentals of Kicking and a Core Workshop. There's also a free nutrition workshop on december 17th. Please check out the posters for more detail!

The IOM Miscalculated Its RDA For Vitamin D | Robert P. Heaney, M.D.

This is an interesting story about how the recommended RDA for Vitamin D was miscalculated and how two Canadian statistics researchers determined that something was amiss. Science! Last year (2014) saw an unusual event. Two statisticians at the University of Alberta in Ednonton, Canada (Paul Veugelers and JP Ekwaru) published a paper in the online journal Nutrients (6(10):4472-5) showing that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) had made a serious calculation error in its recommend...

Exercise Principles

Some quality musings on fitness and movement from Dr. Brendan Byrne at the Wellness Garage (host of the 2nd Bodycomp Imaging location coming December 2017)

Getting the Real Stats on Fat (& Muscle & Bone) with a DEXA Scan

Here's a nice summary of the Bodycomp experience from two of my clients, Chris and Kim. Check out the rest of their site if you'd like to be motivated and inspired. These two travel the world and find ways to train in the most unlikely locations! Looking to make a measurable change to your body? Then measure it properly. Get off the scale and get yourself a DEXA scan, like we did.

Intermittent Fasting Promotes White Adipose Browning and Decreases Obesity by Shaping the Gut Microbiota

This is really good - some solid data showing why having alternate days of feast and famine provides a better body composition result than steady state caloric intake. Keep an eye on this topic for more interesting data this year. While activation of beige thermogenesis is a promising approach for treatment of obesity-associated diseases, there are currently no known pharmacological means of inducing beiging in humans. Intermittent fasting is an effective and natural strategy for weight control, but the mechanism for its effi...

Proposed new food guide tells Canadians to cut back on sugar and eat better fats

For the first time ever, I find myself agreeing with the Canada food guide. Eat less sugar. Eat better quality fats. That wasn't so hard now was it folks - only took them 75 years to start getting it right.
Fun fact - the guide was originally introduced in 1942 as a way to prevent nutritional deficiencies during wartime rationing. Now that we are living in times of relative surplus and decreasing manual labour, it's more important than ever to eat your veggies every day and to be careful with calorically dense foods. No more six-page booklet to leaf through and pin to the front of the fridge; the Canadian Food Guide is getting an upgrade for the smartphone era.

Sugar-sweetened drinks and your metabolism - BMC Series blog

Another good reason to restrict total sugar consumption has come to light. This study shows a significant decrease in fat oxidation rates after eating when sugar is consumed at the same time. The effect is greater in those with high protein diets. The next time you tuck into a protein rich dinner, it may be a good idea to hold off on the sugary drinks. A new study published in BMC Nutrition found that a combination of sugar sweetened drinks and a protein rich meal decreases metabolic efficiency, which can lead to more fat being stored. Here t...

Physical activity inequality can explain obesity differences

This article focuses on lack of physical activity and activity inequality in the US. Due to our similar geography and population distribution, Canadians suffer from the same phenomenon, despite our perception of being much fitter and leaner than our Southern neighbors. Unwalkable cities, activity inequality, and obesity are a tricky blend.

Why Your Ketogenic Diet Isn’t Working Part One: Underfueling and Overtraining | Nourish Balance Thrive

This! A ketogenic diet can be useful for fat loss, insulin sensitivity recovery and many other reasons, but it's not an excuse or a validation to dramatically under-eat.

Here’s how an otherwise humdrum virus sparks celiac disease

Celiac disease is complicated enough - now it looks as though researchers have found a viral component that might trigger the immune system and lead to the full disease in those with a genetic predisposition. In people with genetic predispositions, viral infections can tip immune responses.

I know everyone is going to be googling Jai alai after seeing this. Also, I would never have guessed that a shuttlecock could go faster than a slapshot.

This is how food looks before it is harvested

Veggies, fruits and herbs in their natural state before being harvested. Seeing the way that nuts grow it's no wonder that they are resource intensive, but ever so delicious. Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet.

Raising the American Weakling - Issue 45: Power - Nautilus

Louis Robinson, a surgeon at a children’s hospital in England, tested some 60 infants—many within an hour of birth—by having them hang from a suspended “walking stick.” With only two exceptions, according to one report, the infants were able to hang on, sustaining “the weight of their body for at least ten seconds.”9 Many could do it for upward of a minute. When she was a practicing occupational therapist, Elizabeth Fain started noticing something odd in her clinic: Her patients were weak.…

Being ‘hangry’ exists: why a lack of food can change your mood

Hanger is real people! My wife has known this for years dealing with me when I forget to eat properly, but now there's some good hard science backing it up. Falling blood sugar levels accompanying hunger do cause us to get angry, irritable and aggressive, even towards loved ones

Higher compared with lower dietary protein during an energy deficit combined with intense exercise promotes greater lean mass gain and fat mass loss: a randomized trial

This paper documents lean muscle mass gains by athletes on a caloric deficit with a higher than RDA protein intake. Despite the popular myth that one can't build muscle and lose fat at the same time, this paper says otherwise, as do the hundreds of clients I've scanned that have demonstrated the same trick. Cool stuff! Funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (grant no. RGPIN-2015-04613 to SMP and postgraduate scholarship–doctoral to CJM).

2D RUN - MMP 3

And here's a video of some freerunners filmed with a drone - it makes them look as though they are in an old video game. Check it out!

Production: Diffraction Astro Kit LEAP

Fix Canada's Dietary Guidelines - Support the Change to Real Food

I'm not normally one to use petitions to garner attention towards an issue, but I feel we have a growing food disconnect problem in Canada. A significant part of this problem is the false nutrition messages we receive as children and then the perpetual reinforcement by predatory food companies that market directly to the child's mind.

Please read this petition written by my friend Dr. Barbra Allen Bradshaw and Dr. Carol Loffelmann and consider signing it if you agree. For the past 35+ years, Canadians have followed the Canadian Dietary Guidelines, but during this time, there has been a sharp increase in nutrition-related diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes. Drastic change is needed. An Open Letter ( ) has been sent.....

High-fiber diet keeps gut microbes from eating the colon's lining, protects against infection, animal study shows

More research showing the importance of fibre in the diet to keep gut flora healthy: When microbes inside the digestive system don't get the natural fiber that they rely on for food, they begin to munch on the natural layer of mucus that lines the gut, eroding it to the point where dangerous invading bacteria can infect the colon wall, new research in mice shows.

Running is the Worst Way to Get Fit - Tonic

"You should serve strength training as your entrée and running as your side dish." - this is something I'm going to borrow from this article - running is not intrinsically bad for you, but it has troubles with volume and scaling in many individuals. If you want to be in shape, skip the 10K training and sprint—but don't jog—to the nearest weight room.

Whey protein lowers blood pressure and improves endothelial function and lipid biomarkers in adults with prehypertension and mild hypertension: results from the chronic Whey2Go randomized controlled trial

People are often concerned regarding the healthfulness of whey protein isolate. Here's an interesting study that shows statistically significant health benefits.

We're talking a greater reduction in blood pressure than restricting sodium intake. Interesting stuff. ↵1 Supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (United Kingdom) with collaboration from Volac International Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the CC-BY license (

[10/18/16]   After six years I decided it was time for a new website. Please let me know if you see anything wonky or have any suggestions for improvement.

Blake Ponuick talks with

One of my clients just recently turned 50 and has himself in the best shape of his life. Read more about his training and nutrition if you'd like to look that good at his age!

Trend in childhood obesity extends down as one in four Canadian toddlers too fat: study

This is a hard statistic to take in as so many of these kids will struggle with maintaining a healthy weight and often will have body image issues to deal with as well.
I don't want to sound preachy as we don't have children yet and I haven't experienced the challenges, but restricting all sugary drinks and having protein and veggies at every meal can certainly be a sane first step for most families. Serious health risks in obese toddlers are rare, a Toronto pediatrician said. ‘But certainly we have five- and six-year-olds who have life-threatening conditions’

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Latest weight-loss device approved by the FDA leaves some doctors 'appalled'

That's it. I give up. (no not really, but this makes me wonder where we are going as a species...) A weight-loss device approved by the FDA last week has some doctors up in arms, with one even attempting to put together 4,000 physicians to sue the agency. That’s because they say the device,...

KineMan: Web App

Kinesiologists, medical imagers and geeks; I just found a re-configurable human skeleton in a web browser. Twist and extend those limbs and joints with realistic range of motion.
The internet is cool! Understand human movement like never before, as you move skeletal joints in 3D. A precise tool for education, sports/fitness, ergonomics, & illustration.

Antibiotics’ side-effects include immune disease and fewer brain cells Killing gut microbes that keep immune system in line may have far reaching effects.

Cinema audiences reproducibly vary the chemical composition of air during films, by broadcasting...

It turns out we can smell fear and other emotions in crowds. This isn't really body composition related but explains some sports phenomenon where teams can get subconscious pheromone insights regarding their opponents.
This also provides a reason that seeing a movie in a theatre can be such a different experience that watching it alone. Human beings continuously emit chemicals into the air by breath and through the skin. In order to determine whether these emissions vary predictably in response to audiovisual stimuli, we have continuously monitored carbon dioxide and over one hundred volatile organic compounds in a cinema.

Could We All Soon Be Taking the 'Limitless Pill', the Drug That Will Turn Us Into Superhuman...

Up to 25% of university students are using or have tried Modafinil without any great understanding of how it works or what the long term effects might be. No one knows much about modafinil, the study drug on the rise in Britain's universities and workplaces, but we do know it works and that it gives you a terrible headache.

Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies

Exercise will improve your cardiovascular health, can help you build muscle and has many other physiological benefits, but it will not help you significantly reduce body fat. More evidence points to the role of caloric density and processed food as the primary obesity cause. When was the last time you ate too much broccoli and tomato salad? It's much harder to do than overeating chips. Easy solution, but broccoli and tomatoes, not chips. Physical activity may have less to do with weight loss than we think.

Gluconeogenesis - The worst name for a rock band ever - Ketogains

It takes more protein to knock you out of ketosis than you might think. Gluconeogenesis is not the culprit of kicking you out of ketosis when eating too much protein. No amount of protein will cause GNG to do that. Here is why.

it's time! Fitness Results

I stopped in to check out it's Time Fitness Results in North Vancouver near the automall. I've been working with Sheila for almost ten years and she's a top notch trainer and business owner. If you're looking for a quality location for PT, small group and larger group classes this might be your place. They specialize in kettlebell work, but also have all the toys like rings, squat racks, high ceilings and a great space.

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NASA - Strong Bones and Fewer Renal Stones For Astronauts

Typically, humans living in space lose one to two percent of their bone mass per month, even with exercise. To combat this loss, the station crew uses a combination of nutrients and specially designed workout equipment. Preserving bone health is of interest to astronauts. The environment of space can sap strength from their skeleton at an alarming rate.

The Equalizer

Modern athletes have many technological advantages. CBC does a good exploration of where our modern performance edge is rooted. Are today�s world record holders really better than athletic legends of the past? Or do they get their edge from high tech gear? The Equalizer puts today's athletes to the test.

Here's what fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies didn't always look and taste this way. Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, inspire strong reactions nowadays, but humans have been...

36 Pictures To See Which Muscle You’re Stretching

Here's a cool illustrated guide to stretching. I'm heading to Garibaldi Park for some backcountry camping tomorrow - I'll be making use of this on my return for sure! Learn correct technique and the specific muscles you're working with these 34 common stretches and yoga poses.

Welcome to Week 2 of the Hip Flexor Stretching CHALLENGE EXTRAVAGANZA. We present to you an...

Strengthen your glutes and learn to open up your hips properly with this excellent guide from reddit: If you are new to the challenge, [please read Week 1]( and get acquainted with (read: do) the 3 stretches we presented to...

The World's First Cultured Meatball - Future of Food

I've been waiting to see this come to market for a while. Cultured meat is about to happen. Cells grown from pig, beef and chicken with none of the animal suffering, made into meaty goodness for human consumption. Is this appealing to everyone or a little too strange?

Donovan Patrick Mahoney on Instagram: “The last few days have been all about crossing my t's and...

This is my buddy Donovan's blog about his personal challenge with health and weight management. If you want to watch a man transform his body in under a year, follow this account!

“The last few days have been all about crossing my t's and dotting my i's... this project that I've embarked on is actually something that I wanted to do…”

Yukon Rethinks Its ‘We All Need the D’ Public Health Ad | VICE | Canada 'Really? No one ran this past a group of young people? Say a group of 13-year-old boys or a 40-something lesbian.'

The Calorie Is Broken

It's good to see people talking beyond calories in and out. The total energy consumed is relevant but so is the macronutrient ratio as well as the nutrient density of the food. They also hit upon a huge truth regarding processed food: when things are ground up very fine and cooked into mush we absorb almost every calorie. When you eat roughly chopped raw veggies, rare steak and other unprocessed foods, there is less total caloric extraction with all the same satiety. Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. Is the calorie broken as a unit of measurement?

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