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Behavior Change Revolution

I was listening to a podcast from Freakonomics Radio entitled “How to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution.” It relates entirely to my everyday struggle as a health and fitness professional, and covers an underlying issue for client success in Healthy Weight Lifestyle Programs at Doctor for Life.

Behavior change is a big ask. Experts understanding thinking and decision-making is tough. The average person understanding his or her own influences and patterns is tougher. And that person actively choosing to change and diligently fulfilling that path is the toughest of all. I say to clients all the time, “Knowing what to do and actually doing it are two different things.”

The podcast representatives state that human nature is to “repeatedly make decisions that undermine their own wellbeing” and that “people rarely behave as rationally as economic models predict.” They believe that studying and trying to implement behavior change is the most worthwhile pursuit for any scientist, that it is wise to help people make better decisions for themselves and for society. I agree.

With the staggering and growing statistics in obesity and chronic disease, particularly a lifestyle-related disease like Type II Diabetes, I do not doubt that the general public is ignorant to the fact that all these per-day and per-meal unhealthy decisions add up. Of course, it is much more convenient to eat a fast food cheeseburger today than to worry about how that affects many tomorrows and premature death.

This podcast focuses on a group of researchers, a dream team, coming together to work on the Behavior Change for Good Initiative. Their mission is to determine best practices in three realms – number one being Health (smoking cessation, healthy eating, increasing exercise, reducing alcohol consumption). They are partnering with large organizations for participation and funding of real-world experiments, helping scientists discover insights that could address the pressing social problem of self-destructive humans and establish long-lasting behavior change.

The Behavior Change Revolution has been happening for decades – in academia for a while, and creeping into government policy shops and commercial firms more recently. But it is hardly mainstream yet. Institutional and societal change, when it happens at all, usually happens slowly and with a lot of pushback. So this team’s ambition is quite lofty (and time-consuming, and expensive).

Will it take a nudge? Will it take expanding or shrinking choice sets? Will it take redesigning how incentives in given situations are set up, via smart algorithms or old-fashioned human touch? The ultimate goal is to help people get satisfaction they’ll need in the short-term and outcomes they’ll want in the long-term.

LISTEN >> https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wnyc/freakonomics-radio/e/51990740

Fitness Director,
Aarika Johnson

 

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Let’s Play the See-Saw Game

Full-fat On One Side, Low-fat On the Other Side

For the last several decades (beginning post-WWII, following Dwight D. Eisenhower suffering heart problems, Ancel Keys’ crusading for the avoidance of fat and cholesterol, etc.), the American population has been told, advised, warned, etc., that FAT is a dangerous enemy (at one point, it is said that Americans feared fat more than they feared communism); that Americans (and the entire world should follow our example, because we couldn’t be wrong on any account), should reduce, eliminate, and avoid EVERY opportunity where fat reared its ugly head. LOW-FAT became the new dogma, it was quickly embraced (even after some faulty and ill-planned research studies and agencies did not provide concrete evidence showing fat to be dangerous) by the general medical community and tortuously forced upon the lay people.

I am a huge proponent of critical thinking… and like to stir the critical thinking pot in other people as well. An important question that must be asked: what occurred post-WWII in terms of food, diet, fat, etc.? Without having to dig too deep, one would realize that the consumption of butter decreased, while the consumption of margarine and vegetable-based cooking oils increased. This is in large part due to Ancel Keys’ work, in which he strove to convince people to switch from (natural) fats like butter, egg yolks, milk, cheese, meat, steaks, etc., and use highly-processed vegetable oils instead. Keep in mind that the food pyramid was soon to come on the horizon, too, and its foundation was built upon carbs, carbs, and more carbs. Cardiovascular disease rates started climbing higher and higher each year, and currently, it is ranked the top killer in the United States. Obesity and diabetes has also been on the rise as well. Is it any wonder that the top causes of mortality in the US are closely linked with nutrition? The single most dangerous weapons of mass destruction, at least here in America, are our eating utensils (spoon, fork, and knife). A diet that has largely consisted of carbohydrates (processed and refined, mind you), and void of critical fats, does not seem like it has worked in our favor. Fortunately for protein, it has been sitting somewhat quietly on the sidelines, letting carbohydrates and fats go at each other’s throat.

There have been some wobbling in nutrition recommendations in the recent years. A heated debate on whether fats, saturated fats, butter, coconut oils, etc., have been our foes, or friends, continues picking up momentum. As always, on the nutritional field, there are constantly two sides to the same story. Which side is correct? The side that has more monetary / financial backing? The side that has more scientists, medical doctors, nutritionists, etc.? Keep in mind, the popularity is not always right. In many cases, it isn’t.

To truly understand whether fat is going to put a person 6 feet under at an earlier age, or whether it can extend the human life and confer excellent health benefits, one must look back in history to monumental work conducted by a gentleman named Dr. Weston A. Price. Dr. Weston A. Price (1870-1948), was a Cleveland dentist, who gained the title: “Isaac Newton of Nutrition.” In his search for the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration that he observed in his dental practice among the children that were frequenting his office, he shifted from test tubes and microscopes, to unstudied evidence among human beings. Dr. Price sought the factors responsible for fine teeth among the people who had them- the isolated “primitives.” (At this point, you’re probably thinking, “What does fat have to do with teeth?” You’ll find out in just a few lines). The world became his laboratory. As he traveled, his findings led him to the belief that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth, and unattractive appearance, were merely a sign of physical degeneration, resulting from what he had suspected: nutritional deficiencies.

Price traveled all around the globe in order to study isolated human groups, including sequestered villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, Eskimos and Indians of North America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian Aborigines, New Zealand Maori and the Indians of South America. Wherever he went, Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, stalwart bodies, and resistance to disease and fine characters, were typical of primitives on their traditional diets, rich in essential food factors. When Dr. Price analyzed the foods consumed and prepared by isolated primitive peoples, he found that they provided at least four times the calcium and other minerals. BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY, he found TEN times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins from animal foods such as butter, fish eggs, shellfish, and organ meats (Oh, you mean, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, affect health, as well as bones, and teeth? Yup!) in their diets.

The importance of good nutrition for mothers during pregnancy has long been recognized, but Dr. Price’s investigation showed that primitives understood and practiced pre-conception nutritional programs for BOTH parents. Many tribes required a period of pre-marital nutrition, and children were spaced to permit the mother to maintain her full health and strength, thus assuring subsequent offspring of physical excellence. Special foods were often given to pregnant and lactating women, as well as to the maturing boys and girls in preparation for future parenthood. Dr. Price found these foods to be very rich in fat-soluble vitamins A and D nutrients found only in animal fats (Wait, you mean, fat is important for health, and pregnancies, and children, and growing healthy bodies? Yup!). Keep in mind, FAT-SOLUBLE vitamins are ONLY found in FAT-CONTAINING sources. Does watermelon have any fat in it? Have you ever heard anyone say that watermelon is a good source of Vitamin A? Think again.

These primitives with their fine bodies, homogeneous reproduction, emotional stability and freedom from degenerative ills stand forth in sharp contrast to those subsisting on the impoverished foods of civilization-sugar: white flour, pasteurized milk, and convenience foods filled with extenders and additives (among a host of other unhealthy and/or untested compounds). This circles back to the depiction of the Food Pyramid that was based on an overload of carbohydrates making up one’s meal. Bread, brown rice, white rice, pasta, cereals, etc., do NOT provide adequate / natural sources of Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Not for this topic, but some carbohydrates ARE quite healthy.

So, to briefly highlight some recent nutritional news, a study was released in which it was discovered that low-fat diets are linked to a higher likelihood of death at an earlier age by almost 25%. The study appears to have studied ~135,000 individuals who had reduced their consumption of fats, when compared to those people who were consuming greater amounts of butter, cheese, and meats. Those who had a lesser consumption of fat were consuming more bread, pasta, rice…but unfortunately missing out on the essential vitamins. The article can be found at the link below:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/29/low-fat-diet-linked-higher-death-rates-major-lancet-study-finds/

Not enough convincing information? There’s plenty more which shows some benefit to including more full-fat products in one’s diet. How about yogurt, for reducing the risk of diabetes?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/07/full-fat-milk-may-drastically-reduce-risk-of-diabetes—study/

Not enough convincing information? How about the possibility that a low-fat diet may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease? Keep in mind (pun intended) that fat is critical for cells, and cholesterol is a HUGE component of the neuronal “wiring”, i.e., electrical circuits and connections. So if a human being has been on a low-fat, cholesterol-free diet for a large part of their life, they may not have adequate “supplies” for sharp, quick nervous system / brain / spinal cord connections and function.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170607223327.htm

On the see-saw, the full fat wins (think about it; full-fat equals MORE fat, heavier…while low-fat contains less, is lighter, it will be up in the air). Always remember, “Food without fat is like life without love.”

 

The Fat Dietitian,

Daniel Andras, M.S., R.D., L.D.

 

 

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Atlanta MANIA

MANIA is an annual fitness convention offered in multiple states by SCW Fitness Education, where professionals go to earn credits, get certifications, network with peers, learn new material and be utterly inspired. This year’s Atlanta conference was held July 28-30, and our Fitness department was in attendance.

One Doctor for Life priority is enlisting the most qualified employees. We take pride in investing in staff, providing Certified Personal Trainers and others with continuing education opportunities. The goal was to have trainers and group exercise instructors return from this conference enthusiastic, knowledgeable and better able to serve clients.

Here’s what the team had to say…

“What a fantastic experience to reinvigorate the spirit! I loved going with colleagues because we got to know one another better, shared a lot of laughs and commiserated over being exhausted after multiple hours of exercise. I felt lucky to have picked such a thought-provoking two-day lineup. My favorite session was Barre Trilogy with Leslee Bender. She was charismatic and wise. The class was part lecture and part activity. We covered warm-ups and cool-downs with myofascial release. I was fascinated by the impact these can have on performance and recovery.”   — Aarika

“MANIA was an overall awesome opportunity. It was a great chance to catch up on what is going on in the fitness industry, what the latest trends are and the current research and application. My favorite class was definitely a tie between Stress and Chronic Disease by Kimberly Garcia and Everything Resistance Training by Dr. Len Kravitz. Both of these lectures were super informative, […] explaining the physiology behind everything we discussed. Dr. Kravitz challenged you to […] take a more scientific approach to training clients. Kimberly Garcia encouraged us to look outside the box at how different factors are stressing the body, and how these stressors may be affecting our clients’ overall health and well-being.”   — Chris

“This past weekend in Atlanta for the SCW Fitness Conference was a wonderful experience, and I certainly think my time was well spent in the classes. Some of the sessions incorporated lectures to refresh already acquired knowledge, and then brought attention to additional information that can be used to further health and fitness for clients and myself. My favorite class was a very challenging workout with SGT Ken, which was as physically taxing as it was mentally exhausting. SGT Ken’s class sparked some ideas of how to workout more efficiently, so that each exercise session presents the rewarding feeling that only comes from the combination of motivation and hard work.”   — Anna

 

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Welcome Aarika

Welcome the newest member of our team – Fitness Director and Development Lead Aarika Johnson!

Doctor for Life is a medical practice specializing in Healthy Weight Lifestyle. With a unique and complex operation, combining Clinical, Nutrition and Fitness services to change lives, the right talent can be hard to find.

Aarika comes to us with diverse experience in communications and health and fitness. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Counselor, formerly the Wellness Director at the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg, and formerly owning her own marketing and advertising agency Brandfarmers. This blending of industries is an excellent fit for the future vision at Doctor for Life, where our main objective for the coming years is to raise awareness about who we are and how we approach holistic patient care.

 

From Aarika…

I’ve always wanted to help people. I used to say as a child I’d like to be a doctor or a nurse. But school and career took me down a different path in communications. My love for talking and writing was certainly utilized and honed. After many years though, I knew I was not fulfilled. I soul-searched and realized that I wanted to follow my passion for health and fitness, doing something that really matters to me, and to others. I mean, one has to work. Why not let that be work with such purpose? I suppose you could say I quick-started my “second career.” I believe I was so highly motivated and, thankfully, blessed with skills, that I just pushed forward to learn as much as possible, meet countless inspiring professionals and embed myself in a new field. Now, I can say with certainty, I have chosen to be here. Get ready Doctor for Life clients!

 

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Summer’s Here, Sun’s Out, But What About Sunscreen?

You’ve heard this before a countless number of times: “Be sure to lather on the sunscreen when you go outside in the sun!” in order to prevent the risk of skin cancer. But is that really true? Do you need to PAINT your skin white with sunscreen in order to avoid the sun’s warm rays which are the #1 source for triggering the activation of Vitamin D in your body? Over the last few decades that we’ve been sternly warned that everyone should wear gobs of sunscreen on their skin when going in the sun, there has also been a MASSIVE decline in the populations’ internal Vitamin D stores. Not a good thing.

A new study from the Journal of American Osteopathic Association estimates that it is very possible that close to 1 BILLION people worldwide may fall into a “deficient” or “insufficient” Vitamin D category. Skin color does affect the amount of Vitamin D the human body will produce, but there are other factors that can severely decrease this critical nutrient. More and more people are unfortunately spending time indoors, at their workplace, in offices, at home, etc.  And on top of that, when people DO spend time outdoors, a certain percentage may be lathered with sunscreen, for fear of contracting skin cancer. Other factors that influence Vitamin D activation include diabetes (the kidneys are critical to the final step in activating the nutrient, so if they are damaged, Vitamin D stores will, also), gastrointestinal issues, Vitamin D-poor diets, etc.

One doesn’t need to spend hours on end in the blistering sun. That isn’t very wise. Obtaining at least 20-30 minutes of exposure to as much body surface area as possible (your arms and legs should do fine), several times a week should do the trick. After that, you have several options: put on a long sleeve shirt, a hat, or other protective clothing; find some shade; if you REALLY feel the need for some sunscreen, do a little research and find healthier alternatives to what is commonly sold in the market stores, as these often contain a lot of potentially very harmful and toxic ingredients which could also lead to skin cancer. Believe it or not, the skin is able to absorb a lot of things!

Bottom line, you want to protect your skin at the same time that you need your skin to be exposed to UV-B rays in order to produce Vitamin D (which is important in bone health, immune function; healthy, normal cell reproduction, warding off depression, etc.)…BUT! Always relying on sunscreen to protect you from the risk of skin cancer can be detrimental because a) it will block your skin’s ability to produce this fat-soluble vitamin, and b) sunscreen lotions may contain ingredients which can wreak havoc on the health of your skin and do exactly what it is intended to prevent, as well as mess with body’s hormones! More to come on better alternatives to sunscreens.

For Your Health,

Daniel Andras

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Artificial Sweeteners – We Once Thought Were “Okay” But Recent Research Points in the Direction That They Are Not “Okay”

Research that has recently surfaced in 2017 is adding to the “arsenal” of nutritional information that Artificial Sweeteners (AS’s) may not be all that great for the human body, regardless of the fact that they may have zero calories. Among many other negative side effects, this recent research is showing that these AS’s may increase a person’s risk of STROKE and DEMENTIA (damage to the brain due to interrupted blood supply, and decreased mental capacity, such as memory loss, personality changes, impaired reasoning, respectively).

It seems that the scientific study did not show as strong of a risk when people consumed regular sugar or sugar-sweetened beverages…however, this is NOT to say that one can/should consume the same amount of sugar and expect great health! Sugar still provides a LOT of unnecessary calories that can be transformed into triglycerides (TG’s) and lead to weight gain. What the research article seems to be saying is that the risks are not the same between SUGAR and ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS… AS’s appear to be way more damaging and risky!

Artificial sweeteners include: saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, sucralose, and many more.

Artificial sweeteners have also been shown to cause glucose intolerance in mice by altering gut microbiota, and are associated with dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in humans. In other words, glucose intolerance is a pre-diabetic state of HYPERglycemia which is associated with insulin resistance and may increase risk of becoming fully diabetic; altered gut microbiota / dysbiosis simply means there is an imbalance in the healthy bacteria that live inside the digestive tract, which are super important for the health of the body!

Take-away? Eliminate artificial sweeteners as much as possible from your diet, in the form of Splenda, diet soft drinks, pancake syrup, etc., and opt for natural sweeteners, in very small amounts, such as honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or spices like cinnamon.

If you wish to read the scientific paper for yourself, it can be found at: http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/04/20/STROKEAHA.116.016027

For Your Health,

Daniel Andras, M.S., R.D., L.D.

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Revisiting the “Low Sodium Will Prevent High Blood Pressure” Conventional Wisdom

Hello Folks,

Not giving the green light on excessive salt to flavor your food just yet, but once again, more evidence that lower-sodium diets *may not be effective* in reducing blood pressure. Was involved in a huge journal club project on this topic exactly three years ago during a dietetic internship which, then, supported the now-more recent findings… as we continue to shed light on the intricate workings of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, etc.

Some important pieces of information from the article:

“A new study that followed more than 2,600 men and women for 16 years found that consuming less sodium wasn’t associated with lower blood pressure.”

“We saw no evidence that a diet lower in sodium had any long-term beneficial effects on blood pressure. Our findings add to growing evidence that current recommendations for sodium intake may be misguided.” – Lynn L. Moore, DSc, associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine

“Over the next 16 years, the researchers found that the study participants who consumed less than 2,500 milligrams of sodium a day had higher blood pressure than participants who consumed higher amounts of sodium.”

What’s important to note is that there needs to be a balance of adequate levels of the other electrolytes present, especially POTASSIUM – “The researchers also found that people in the study who had higher intakes of potassium, calcium, and magnesium exhibited lower blood pressure over the long term.” POTASSIUM is a nutrient that a lot of people may be deficient in. Some good sources of potassium include coconut water, avocado, acorn squash, spinach, sweet potato, bananas, etc.

For Your Health,

Daniel Andras, M.S., R.D., L.D.

 

You can follow the link here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170425124909.htm

 

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Why Being a Foodie Requires more than Loving Food

There are over 56 million pictures and stories on Instagram that have foodie as a hashtag. In a way, that’s 56 million meals, where people declared their love for food. However, we have to arbitrarily take a step back and think: is loving food really just about finding out what’s currently the trend, or trying to create one?

I myself like eating the best food out there, and buying from farmers’ markets, eating at up-and-coming restaurants as well as trying the supposed “best” of something are practices that I’ve dabbled in from time to time. It’s a great way to find new flavors, eating out with friends is a great social experience, and it is pleasurable to eat something that may not be found anywhere else. Being a foodie I believe is innate in all of us, however, I believe that the practice of being a foodie may be taken too out of context.

Not saying that eating is bad, since finding what satisfies us best is naturally what we’re designed for in the first place.  We are built to sustain our existence, and eating is a process that has evolved from a survival instinct to an experience. We have become civilized enough to know that eating is not only required for our daily sustenance, but it’s become part of our culture, and having meals served with the proper preparation and ambience will allow us to gain pleasure from our culinary experiences.

The world of social media has only heightened this evolution, as eating very special meals that are not of the fast-food variety has become trendy and hip: you gain more social credibility when you discover the new best pizza on the scene, the latest restaurant that features organic, home-made tacos, or that hidden gem of a bar that serves the most innovative cocktails. These social activities have their place, but I propose to take a step back, and examine what being a true foodie should be.

In my line of work, emotional eating is a serious dilemma. Although these often occur at times of stress, emotional eating can be prevalent in normal circumstances. Indeed, social media can become a stressor itself, as it tends to lead to people-pleasing, and when we try to please others, we actually tend to eat more.

When people live to eat rather than eat to live, their poor eating habits create an unhealthy lifestyle that isn’t easily curbed by medicine or tr­eatment. Most attribute eating as a passion, and call themselves foodies that like to try food for the sake of adventure and knowledge. They disregard the possibility that although they use this to connect socially through their escapades, it also leads to weight gain and obesity that cannot fully be recoverable from if their lifestyle choices are mainly to showcase their love of eating. Again, eating out and sharing your discoveries is fine, however, there are other ways to be a foodie that doesn’t risk your well-being.

I believe that to be a true foodie, you must love food second, and love your health first. Instead of looking for the trendiest meal now, or the most in-demand ingredient to add to your meal, may I suggest looking for the healthiest option that packs its own good flavor? There are a number of vegetables, fruits, types of meat and spices that will not only satisfy your taste buds, but also give the necessary nutrients to stay healthy and invigorate your need to be fit. There are superfoods that act as catalysts for your body to take a step towards health, and they can either be created in your own kitchen, or to practice being a real foodie, are available in shops and restaurants with enough research. Being healthy and fit is actually considered as a trend, so why not take advantage of restaurants that offer healthier alternatives?

I believe the best version of a foodie is someone who looks for the best meals and ingredients that would complement healthy living. Truthfully, to put this into action may be difficult, but one aspect of being a foodie knows what the best out there is. Perhaps with the proper knowledge and motivation, foodies will look for what’s best for their health.

– Dr. Cheryl Sarmiento

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Healthy Meals To Go

Doctor For Life provides HEALTHY MEALS TO GO, packed meals that are nutritious and appetizing. These meals are designed by Dr. Cheryl and Registered clinical dietitian Daniel Andras and cooked to perfection at our Culinary lab by our head executive chef, Rodney Foster.

These meals run from $5-$12, affordable and readily available for any time of the day, whether you’re in need of breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

To ensure that you’re on top of your diet, Doctor For Life allows you to choose how much calories you want to partake. This ensures that you can still enjoy of your favorite Sloppy Joes for lunch at 400, 500, or 600 calories per meal.

Chef Rodney also offers Lunch and Learn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 12:00 to 12:45. He demonstrates how the healthy savory meals are prepared and cooked. Lunch will be served from the freshly created food for just $10!

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A Look at Body Composition Analysis

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Over the years, two key indicators have measured a person’s health risk due to weight: pounds (or kilograms) and body mass index (BMI). While that still holds true today, research has determined that these factors alone do not tell the whole story. In order to accurately assess your true health risk, you need to know your body’s composition. That is, a reading of fat, muscle and water percentage will give you critical information for creating an effective strategy for safe, long-lasting weight loss.

The ultimate goal in losing weight is to know that the right type of weight is coming off, which means reducing fat and increasing or maintaining muscle mass.

So what is used to measure a body’s composition? Up until the 1990’s, the closest we could get to determine body fat percentage was through the use of calipers. Calipers work by pinching a fold of skin on various parts of the body. They may be effective in reading the fat percentage of specific body sections, but they do not provide the most accurate total body fat percentage.

Then through medical technological advancements, the DEXA scan was introduced, which is known as the gold standard of body composition measurement. The DEXA machine works by having a patient lie down motionless on a table while the scanner moves over each part of the body. After five to ten minutes, results are generated showing the detailed percentages of fat, muscle and water in the entire body as well as compartments of the body (e.g., left arm, right arm, torso). The procedure is a breakthrough in body composition analysis (BCA), but it remains generally inaccessible due to its high costs, ranging from $100 to $300 per session.

Luckily today, there is a much lower cost analysis option with measurement capabilities that are close to those of the DEXA. It comes in the form of a scale that is just like the one you see in our office, but with features that make the critical difference in measuring your health risk profile.

The BCA scale utilizes bioelectrical impedance to determine a person’s water weight, fat mass, and predicted muscle mass for the body and each major body component This non-invasive method sends a low-level electric current through the body,. Body composition is calculated from the resistance to the flow of the electrical current. Don’t let this scare you! It’s safe and you don’t feel a thing.

Body composition analysis is fast and simple. The BCA scale reads results within seconds. Regular BCA scale readings make it easy for medical providers to fine-tune your weight loss program based on how you are progressing. For instance, if you’re exercising and the traditional scale shows that you’ve gained pounds, you may feel discouraged. However, the BCA scale may show that you’ve lost body fat, an indicator that the added weight may be muscle produced from your fitness activities. This is exactly the direction you want to go! Higher muscle percentage beats higher fat percentage any day of the week.

If you haven’t measured your body composition and feel that your weight may be the source of your health issues, go ahead and make an appointment with our office. The earlier you know your body’s breakdown, the sooner you can take steps to improve your health and well-being.

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