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Have You Reached a Weight-Loss Plateau?

| Date Posted: 4/17/2014 | Author: Ellen Geanes

FirstHealth Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center offers Metabolic Testing and Genetic Testing for Weight-loss.  These tests can be beneficial to Bariatric Surgery Patients a year or more after surgery.

Metabolic Testing (calories you burn)

People often run into difficulties with losing weight if they are not eating the right number of calories for their unique metabolism, Too much or too little can lead to weight gain or a weight-loss “plateau.”

Indirect calorimetry can offer more insight than a standard estimate of calorie needs to help you maintain your goal weight long-term. A measurement of metabolism, this simple 10-minute breath test can measure your resting metabolic rate (RMR), the number of calories your body burns at rest in a given day.  From there, we can calculate a more precise estimate of your daily calorie needs, accounting for your weight goals, activity level, etc.  A registered dietitian can then provide you with more effective dietary recommendations.

Since the test must be done with fasting, we usually offer it in the morning.  With a provider referral, the test is covered by most insurance plans.

Genetic Testing (exactly what kind of diet and exercise will work for you, vitamin/mineral levels, risk rate, etc.)

Can your genes affect the way you respond to food and exercise? Science says yes. In fact, a recent Stanford University study demonstrated that people who follow a genetically appropriate diet can achieve 2.5-fold improvement in weight loss and a 2-fold reduction of waist measurement compared to those who follow a genetically inappropriate diet.

With this in mind, the FirstHealth Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center is pleased to offer the Pathway Fit® genetic test. This cutting-edge test examines more than 75 genetic markers associated with diet, nutrition and exercise, and can be used to help educate and empower you to achieve and/or maintain your goal weight for life.

By analyzing your genetic code, along with answers to a lifestyle questionnaire, the Pathway Fit report gives you the power to help you understand your individual:

  • Metabolism
  • Eating behaviors
  • Response to exercise, as well as the best way to reach and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle

This profile provides you with an individualized report with powerful information to help you understand how genetics and lifestyle can affect your diet, nutrition and exercise. The report is like no other, because it is designed for your body, about your body. With your genetic information, you will gain insights into how your body processes sugars, fats, nutrients and vitamins. You can also learn how your genes might affect how you perceive and desire specific foods, and how your genes can influence eating behaviors. Pathway Fit also screens for muscle potential and how your body responds to exercise, as well as your potential to maintain a healthy weight.

You can start living smarter, not harder, with these key findings.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the FirstHealth Diabetes & Nutrition Center Education Center at (800) 364-0499 or visit us online here.

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