As I mentioned in my last blog post, there are a few essential tools that can help you get serious about doing weight loss the right way: with an accurate calorie goal and a way to track body composition. Remember, not all weight loss is the same.
The thing is, you may not be losing as much fat as you think you are. When someone is actively losing weight, especially when restricting calories and upping their cardio, you also lose muscle at the same time! That’s no bueno, especially given we already lose a certain percentage of muscle mass for each decade of life. Let’s not make that worse!
That’s why I recently invested in this handy contraption, the In-Body 570. It measures your body composition and allows us to track this over time. This way we can make sure you are burning fat and maintaining (or hopefully growing) your lean muscle. If not, we can course correct and get things going the right way.
For any of my clients that want to have this done during a session, the cost is only $25. For anyone else who just wants to pop in and have it done, the cost is $40. Tell your friends and come on in, especially before the holidays get in full swing!
Now, while knowing your body composition is important, we also need to know your actual metabolic rate. This is the only way truly set a correct calorie level to more quickly reach your weight los goals.
While unfortunately I have not yet invested in a machine for this, there are a few places in Seattle where you can go to get this done.
The first is DEXA Fit Seattle. They have DEXA scan machines which can evaluate your body composition, AND they have machines to measure your metabolic rate. It’s like a one-stop shop. This would be a good first step for anyone serious about starting a weight loss program.
Dexa Scan (locations nationwide)
The second option is Body Spec. They have trucks all over the city that set up shop at various businesses. They are often at gyms, PT offices, etc. You can check their website and find their next location. Ask about their services and fees for testing resting metabolic rate (RMR).
Body Spec Seattle
So there are some steps to take to get the ball rolling on a safe and effective weight loss plan. First you want to make sure you get an accurate assessment of your calorie level, and secondly you want to track and make sure you are losing fat, not muscle.
Please reach out if you have any questions on these methods and if you want to get yourself set up for the In-Body test. Get it done before the holidays and you will be all set come January!