If you want to calculate your body fat percentage, Body Fat Immersion Testing (Underwater Weighing or Hydrostatic Testing) is universally regarded by industry experts as the "Gold Standard" test.
BFIT's body fat immersion testing in our truck uses a two component model which separates the body into two areas:
By obtaining your dry weight and water weight, based on buoyancy, our specialized computer program scientifically calculates your body fat as a percentage of your total weight. The ordinary scale cannot tell you if weight loss is muscle or fat. Testing with BFIT will tell you exactly what took place with your body during your weight loss regimen.
Your resting metabolic rate, or RMR, is the amount of calories your body burns while at rest.
This number is very important to know. Why? Well you have to take in enough calories to function normally. Without the right amount of caloric intake your body goes into survival mode (starvation).
While in this mode your body slows down its metabolism and goes to the next best source for energy: muscle.
Sensing that you are under-eating, your body goes into fat storage mode. Anything you eat will promptly be stored as fat.
The key to fat loss is to maintain your RMR and keep metabolism high. This will preserve muscle and allow your body to use carbohydrates and fat as its primary source of energy. Obviously the quality of calories you consume plays a major role in overall health.
Certain factors such as age, gender, and genetics help determine our metabolism. There is hope though, because we can increase our activity level and thus increase our lean mass.
Furthermore, muscle is metabolically active and the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism. Extreme diets and excessive exercise, however, can eat away at your lean mass and lower your metabolism.