Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. These are the first 26 words of Greg Glassman’s World Class Fitness in 100 Words. I find the last 12 words of this statement the truest. By keeping your intake levels at a place that supports your energy expenditure, while not adding body fat is crucial to long term success. Because all of us are individual, and have different needs, how do we figure out exactly what is needed to support activity but not gain fat?
Biometrics is the answer. We need to know and understand some very specific information about you. We begin with age, gender, height, and then utilize that information on a couple of pieces of awesome technology to calculate three very important things: lean body mass, body fat percentage, and resting metabolic rate. Our technology gives us this information, and from there we can give VERY specific recommendations for you individually. Of ultimate importance is your resting metabolic rate. Your RMR is the number of calories that your body needs in a 24 period to sustain your basic body operations. This is the energy needed for your heart to pump, your brain to work, to maintain proper body temperature. At this point we don’t even worry about movement. Think couch plus Netflix without moving for 24 hours!
When we don’t consume at least enough calories in a day to support our resting metabolic rate, our body stays in starvation mode and loves to store fat. 90% of the time when I consult with someone, they are not eating the appropriate number of calories to lose fat, but rather they hold onto fat and lose muscle and bone density. It seems counterintuitive to eat more, but when the ratios of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are in balance for your body, magic happens and we lose fat and get that lean body that you desire.