I get a lot of questions about what it is that I do for a living. Well I am finally ready to talk about it because I think it is such an important topic. For the past couple years I’ve been doing nutritional counseling/ health coaching. Can I first say how excited I am to be able to work in a field I love?? I am not an RD, but I contracted with one to custom design nutrition plans for my clients, then I would work with them on a weekly basis to help them implement the healthy changes necessary to get them to lead a healthier lifestyle, lose weight, fuel their intense workouts, etc.
However, I kept noticing one fact that bothered me. The calorie level for my clients were figured using formulas… Harris Benedict, Katch-McArdle, etc. We would base their entire plan on the results of these formulas. Sometimes things would work out just fine, and other times my clients wouldn’t get results… even the ones that I knew were truly following the plan. I sent them to have their BMR/RMR (basal metabolic rate/resting metabolic rate) tested, and would be surprised how far off their true caloric burn was from the predicted caloric burn. Sometimes there was a difference of hundreds of calories, which makes a HUGE difference in how you should be eating to lose weight, train for an event, etc. Eat too little on a consistent basis and you starve your body, lowering your metabolism, decreasing your energy and decreasing your ability to succeed in your athletic goals. Eat too much on a consistent basis and you will gain weight.
Turns out that every single person’s metabolism in unique. Even people of the same height, weight and sex can have drastically different metabolisms.
I am such a firm believer that this is a critical number to know, that I spent a couple months reconfiguring my company and now am focused on spreading the importance of metabolic testing and providing the testing for people to find out their BMR!
But not only to I provide people with their BMR, I also am able to factor in your exercise schedule, how much sleep you get, your occupation, your body composition, etc to be able to tell you the total amount of calories to eat on a daily basis to gain, lose or maintain your weight. Then this number is broken down into a healthy balance of nutrients and you will know how many grams of fat, protein and carbohydrates you need (if you like to keep track of those details).
*for more details go to www.mymetabolicmeasurement.com*
N.E.W. Lifestyles partnered with Microlife to use their testing equipment, the Body Gem. It is an accurate device that is the same technology used on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, and I am SO excited about it.
I tested my metabolism the other day and do you have any guesses as to what it was?
Here are my stats:
- 112.5 lbs
- 27 years old
Guess what you think my BMR is, and I’ll tell you on Monday! 🙂
What are your thoughts on metabolic testing?