Losing weight can be a monumental task. First you have to sift through all the plans and fads out there, then figure out how many calories your body actually needs; because everyone is different.
But, there is a scientific way to take the guesswork out of the numbers. It’s called the resting and exercise VO2 test.
The whole process is pretty easy. First, a machine tests your resting metabolism. That’s basically how many calories you burn just being alive. Then, it can test your personal fitness level. That will determine the best and most efficient workout for your body because, “Every person is different. Every body is different,” said Amanda Schmukal.
Schmukal is a metabolic specialist at Total Health & Exercise in Centennial. She said these two tests can help determine how many calories you need to sustain your current weight, lose or even gain weight. “It takes all that guesswork out and allows us to really nail down where you should be nutritionally.”
First up, about 20 minutes of steady, slow breathing. Once that’s complete, on to the more strenuous test that measures fitness level. “This is going to tell us where your fat-burning zone is, where your anaerobic/aerobic threshold is, so when you’re body switches from burning fat to where it starts to burn muscle,” Schmukal said.
Starting with a slow walk and working up to an incline jog, the whole thing takes less than ten minutes.
Then, the results. Schmukal printed the paperwork and said, “That’s you all the way over here, that’s normal is here.” She added, “You’re only burning about 890 calories at rest.” That means I need to stay pretty active in order to maintain my current weight. Luckily Schmukal has just the tools to assist me.
“This is your exercise test result,” she said. “Excellent shape, slow metabolism, but excellent cardiovascularly.”
“What we’re seeing here is that you don’t have to work that hard to burn fat. In fact, the harder you work, the less fat you’re burning,” Schmukal said.
The good news is that it’s something that can change, your metabolism isn’t a fixed number. “If you don’t get enough sleep it can change. If you stop working out totally it can change, if you add a ton of workouts, if you lose a ton of weight, a lot of things can manipulate your metabolism.”
Now armed with charts showing my ideal heart rate and even workouts to put me right into my perfect fat burning zone, Schmukal says I could see a change in just a few short months.
The resting and exercise test are $90 each or $150 for both. For more information visit: DenverFitTest.com