I just thought I’d share a great story of a client who I’m helping.
He has lost 12.7kg (which is nearly 2 stones) in 7 weeks sustainably, without undertaking a weird shake-fuelled detox diet!
Here’s how I helped him achieve that…
I was speaking at a business networking event in Milton Keynes about weight loss.
A lot of my talk was about how important it is to ‘know your health numbers’.
What does this mean?
- Lots of people measure their business growth because they want a company with a bigger profit.
- They also get their car tested and receive a service report with ways of optimising their car
- People have wealth advisors who pore over stock reports to increase their bank balance
I advise people on how to measure and then test their health.
How do I do this?
I test their fat mass, the likelihood of being Type 2 diabetic, bone density, muscle mass, hormone, and chronic inflammation levels.
I then work with health professionals who interpret these and provide a report on how optimise your health.
The net effect is that by optimising your health your belly and weight goes to it’s optimal levels.
Matt listened to my talk and tapped me on the shoulder asking to have a chat with me after the session.
He said that he used to play rugby but recently was out of shape and wanted to get fit again.
I said I’d like to help him.
Initially, I tested his levels and it indicated he had the following issues:
- He was statistically likely to be close to type 2 diabetes.
How did I know this?
The report below has an IMAT level. This is an acronym for Inter Muscular Adipose Tissue.
Imagine a ribeye steak with lots of fatty deposits in it. The higher the fatty deposits are, the higher the concentration of this type of muscular located fat.
Scientists have found a strong correlation between high numbers and type 2 diabetes. A number over 2.6 is considered high risk.
If you look under the initial column of 07/05/2019 and IMAT, Matt’s level was 2.9 which is in the danger zone. 1.5 to 2% is the accepted healthy zone where you are much less likely to be prone to this.
2. The skeletal muscle was 29.8kg or 45.5% of Free Fat Mass. 40% is considered acceptable so this meant he had lots of muscle so no problem here at all.
3. Weight was 123.7kg. The report below shows a figure of 81.5kg but this is for elite athletes. We go halfway between the 2 so halfway between 123.7 and 81.5 is roughly 21kg. NHS guidelines are to average out at 0.5kg fat loss per week. He entered into a 42 week programme with me. 21kg * 0.5kg per week = 42 weeks.
4. Bone levels were 5.5kg. This is way over the normal level of 4.7kg so this is fine.
5. Matt’s metabolic rate was great also. This means he is burning calories whilst at rest. 1300 is the minimum. He was burning 1786 so this is fine.
6. HPA axis is the measurement of cortisol released during the day. A number over 3.5 indicates you are releasing the right amount to fire you up in the morning and it is dropping down to allow the melatonin (sleep hormone) to kick in.
His number was 2.7 which was a problem and means he was overproducing cortisol during sleep. This means you are burning your own bone and muscle during sleep and typically is a reason why people wake up during the night.
This is called flat-high and indicates adrenal burnout which prevents effective weight loss.
7. His potassium levels were way too low. Potassium is required by the pancreas to produce insulin which in turn moves the glucose from your bloodstream to your cells.
This essentially means he was insulin resistant. People who have this convert a lot of their stored sugar to fat which is undesiable.
8. His water indicated 38%. This should be 50-65%. Dehydration is a key factor in fat storage.
9. Chronic Inflammation is a major factor in 40% of cancers. Also IBS, arthritis, depression, anxiety and some metabolic illnesses. It also is a big contributory factor in fat gain.
The biomarkers to look for are ECW & CRP combined. His indicated he didn’t have this problem because it didn’t show up in the risk factors report.
Overall there were lots of areas to work on but Matt agreed to go through the program.
How does the program work?
I coach him twice a week using a bespoke exercise routine based on the numbers, offer alternative nutritional strategies for him to try, work with a functional medicine practitioner who recommends safe supplements to take.
The results are below.
- Since 7th May 19, he has lost 12.7kg of the weight, of which 9.7kg is fat. There is always an initial muscle/bone mass drop but this plateaus usually after 6-8 weeks. It is still well above the normal limit.
- His IMAT has dropped from 2.9 to 2.7
- HPA Axis has now gone to the desired zone of 3.7.
He is already well ahead of target and has only 9kg to go.
Does this sound really difficult? No, it’s not – it just requires you to turn up every week and be open-minded.
Here’s a video of his progress so far.
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