Nutritional Tests

Body Fat Measurement

Free body fat measuring is provided for all clients at the initial evaluation. Thereafter, body fat testing is used as a periodic assessment of alterations in body composition due to changes in diet, training and body weight.

A person's total body fat percentage is the total weight of the person's fat divided by the person's weight. The resulting number reflects both essential fat and storage fat. Essential fat is that amount of fat necessary for maintenance of life and reproductive functions. The percentage for women is greater than that for men, due to the demands of childbearing and other hormonal functions. Essential fat is 2–5% in men, and 10–13% in women.

Arguably, body fat percentage is the superior gauge of an individual's fitness level, as it is the only body measurement which directly calculates the particular individual's body composition without regard to the individual's height or weight. The widely-used body mass index (BMI), on the other hand, simply makes blanket assumptions as to what every individual of a certain height should ideally weigh, regardless of the body composition which makes up that weight. The BMI provides inaccurate information with regard to individuals with above-average lean muscle mass, classifying such individuals as "overweight" or "obese" despite the fact that their body fat percentage would indicate they are in excellent or exceptional physical condition.

While it is important to remember that top athletes are not always the leanest in their sport, and a low percent body fat does not guarantee success, body fat is one indicator of overall health, and a factor in many sports. Periodic body fat measuring will help you determine which body fat level is associated with your best performance and health.

Also, it is important to remember that muscle weighs more than fat. Sometimes you can be a fatty-skinny whereby you are 'thin' by the numbers on the scale but have a high body fat percentage. On the flip-side, your weight may be higher than your norm, yet your body-fat percentage is low for your age group - that is actually a better outcome!

Body Fat Chart

 

Women

Men

Essential

10-12%

2-4%

Athletes

14-20%

6-13%

Fitness

21-24%

14-17%

Acceptable

25-31%

18-25%

Overweight

32-41%

26-37%

Obese

42%+

38%+

All body fat measuring is done using the Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) method. It is a machine which is most widely used and one of the most convenient techniques available.  

Metabolic Rate Measurement

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) measuring is now available with Andrea. It is used to determine your specific daily caloric requirements, and is crucial in deciphering the number of calories you need each day to lose, maintain or gain weight. Your RMR changes with weight loss/gain, athletic training cycles and alteration of muscle mass. This service is available by appointment only, as a stand-alone resource, or in conjunction with nutritional counseling.

Analyzing your individual metabolic rate gives you the exact measurement you need to succeed in your weight control efforts and athletic performance. Traditional metabolic rate formulas estimates can be off by as much as 500 calories per day (the amount of calories it takes to gain or lose a pound per week). Individuals who struggle with their weight often have a metabolic rate that is far from typical, which makes estimating calorie needs for weight loss practically impossible. Athletes' metabolic rates are often far from average due to variations in muscle mass, leading to difficulty with weight loss or inadequate refueling during and post workouts.

Metabolic Rate and Weight Loss

Metabolic Rate (RMR) Testing for Athletic Performance

Contact Andrea for pricing information and to schedule your metabolic test today.


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