Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Couch Factor Is The Key To Weight Loss!



Metabolism is kind of a big word with serious sounding implications.  But if you want to lose weight, it needs to become part of your everyday vocabulary as its a big key to how successful you will be...or not. 

The reality behind the calories consumed versus calories burned science for weight loss, relies heavily on how YOUR body handles its energy needs and everyone is different. Of particular interest is the resting metabolic rate, which is the number of calories you would burn in a day if you sat around all day doing nothing. I call it the COUCH FACTOR!   

For example, when I was 70 pounds heavier I calculated that my couch factor was about 2500 calories per day.  Thus, if I did nothing at all but eat 2500 calories per day, then I shouldn't gain or lose any weight.  If I either increased my caloric burn (exercise) or decreased my caloric intake (food) then my weight should decrease.  I did both and it worked out quite well. (You can read all of the details in my book.)

There are general formulas based on age, height, weight, etc which makes for some useful baseline data, but for most of us its pretty much impossible to know our exact metabolic rate and thus our true caloric needs. That is until now.

In an article written by Marion Callahan, she reviews a new device called the Fitmate which is being field tested by various weight-loss professionals.  The Fitmate is designed to provide accurate data about an individuals resting metabolic rate, so that a specific weight management plan can be designed for that person. 

According to Callahan's article, the device determines exactly how many calories a person needs and how much exercise is required to lose fat weight or gain lean muscle tissue. An individuals genes, body composition, age and sex affect metabolism, so the rate varies from person to person. It's also recommended that someone should be tested over the course of several months so that they can see that exercise and diet changes really do work.

At a whopping price tag of $7900, the Fitmate is not targeted for sale to individuals, but rather to medical and dietary practitioners who can use it to help their clients get off to a good start and keep them on track.

But whether you have access to such technology or not, you still need to base your weight loss plan on your couch factor, as it will truly define what you need to do to be successful.  Even if you are just getting a ballpark number, its still better than just jumping into some kind of ridiculous diet or pain workout routine without a clue as to what your real needs are.






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