Thursday, October 24, 2013
As many of you know on Monday I went to the Army Wellness Center on Fort Carson and tested body composition in the Bod Pod andhad a Metabolism evaluation. Yesterday I attended a class and had my individual results given to me.
Before I get into that, for those that want to know what I am talking about, this will give you an idea of the Bod Pod: http://www.befittest.com/ For the metabolism test, you lie still on a table for 15 mins with a special mask over your face.
I have a high percentage of body fat. The class went over ways to increase metabolism. Most, I am proud to say, I have been doing. My metabolic rate was a high normal. I must give credit to SparkPeople. Here is where I learned to do what I do.
Major Points the instructor gave to increase metabolism and burn energy efficiently:
* Eat small, frequent meals
* Always have breakfast.
* Exercise (PT) must never be done on an empty stomach (coffee does not count)
* Make sure 1/2 your plate is filled with veg and/or fruit (freggies)
* Track both fitness activites and food/beverage intake
* Get 8 hours of sleep
* (SparkPeople would add to stay hydrated to this list)
It was recommended to have a device such as a fitbit. It was also suggested to have a group so you can compete with others. It's great incentive. You can go online or use apps on many.
Spark People was on a list of recommendations to track both food and fitness. As far as I know there is no way to track metabolism, though.
As I said, I do most everything right. However, sleep is hard to come by. Fibro often wakes me up during the night or the need to use the bathroom. They are working on a sleep class. I'll be at the top of the list when that becomes available.
One important thing that was emphasized. Weight is just a factor. Body composition is what is important. The fact that I only lost 1 lb overall is not something to fret over. I have lost 5 1/2 inches in October. I'll go back in 30 days for another Bod Pod test. I'm sure I'll be celebrating a non-scale victory (NSV) then.