The days of personal trainers measuring your waist and hips with a tape measure unfortunately are still the norm in the industry.
It is totally inaccurate and affected by water retention, inflammation and the time of the month.
Would you get your car MOT’d with a guy with a scrap of paper ticking away? No – neither would I!
I want a nice clear report that details how my car is performing and more importantly, what do I do about it.
The medically approved BioTekna test does exactly that.
How does the test work?
You lie down on a mat and I put 4 silver sticky pads on your hands and feet.
I then connect the clips to the box which is connected to the laptop.
It scans your body and 20 seconds later we have a report!
I analyse the report and identify areas that are outside of the healthy reference ranges (set by medical professionals)
What does the test tell you?
The test gives a clinical-grade report of the following:
- Fat mass
- IMAT (Fat associated with the likelihood of being Type 2 diabetic)
- Bone density
- Muscle mass
- HPA Axis (levels off the hormone Cortisol)
- Chronic inflammation levels.
The report gives healthy ranges that you need to aim for.
TBW = Total Body Water. This person is dehydrated and needs to get to 50-65% water
ECW = Extra Cellular Water. Anything above 42 for a man and 45 for a woman indicates they are chronically inflamed. This is a key reason why people stick out on the belly, moobs, arms.
More significantly it can lead to illnesses such as IBS, arthritis, high blood pressure, depression, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
FM = Fat Mass. The max for a man is 25% and 30% for a woman. You may be thinking this seems a lot higher than the scales at home or in the gym. This kit measures all fat rather than just subcutaneous and visceral fat so is a true picture unlike those.
BMR = your true metabolic rate. The higher the better. Lower than 1400 and you will struggle to lose weight.
HPA Axis = Cortisol levels. Greater than 3.5 is acceptable. Many people are either hormonally lacklustre or burnt out.
(Don’t worry about the others by the way i.e. ICW they are for medical researchers)
This person essentially needs to lose 13.5kg which according to safe NHS guidelines is 13.5 * 0.5 kg per week = 27 weeks.
They have two risk factors IMAT and Fat Mass (FM)
The net effect is that by optimising your health your belly and weight goes to its optimal levels.
As you can see from the report this person has lost 18kg in 10 weeks (2.5 stones!)
The important bit is that the vast majority of this is fat (see FM column go from 58.1 down to 43.6kg)
There is a slight drop in muscle and bone but proportionally this is fine because they will look much more toned.
The IMAT has dropped from a dangerous 2.9 to a much better 2.5.
2 or less is where we are heading.
They key difference to my method is the accountability. Every week you get scientific feedback that let’s you know whether the approach is working or not.
We spend time discussing how it is working and challenges such as alcohol are affecting your progress.