Tag Archives: Weight loss

Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA)

19 Feb
English: Soehnle body scale with integrated bo...

English: Soehnle body scale with integrated body fat and water monitor. Dansk: Soehnle badevægt med integreret kropsfedtmåler og kropsvandmåler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today I am having my first Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA). I didn’t even know what that was before today. BIA is being offered as part of our wellness plan at work. Should be interesting. I thought I was just meeting with a dietician. I admit to being a little scared when I read, “due to the use of a small electrical pulse, those who are pregnant or have a pacemaker should not use BIA.” Of course I am neither pregnant nor do I have a pacemaker. But still.

 

Apparently the BIA device looks like a bathroom scale and you just stand on it barefoot for a minute to find out your body composition profile, including weight, body fat % (total and segmental), body water %, muscle mass, bone mass, daily calorie needs, metabolic age and physique rating. It’s a way to track your progress over time, for things like trying to become more fit, better hydrated or to simply have an idea of health status as time goes by.

 

Dinner for Breakfast?

15 Dec

I’ve been reading some articles on eating in reverse. Try eating a large dinner type meal in the morning, a smaller lunch and a teeny tiny breakfast type meal — think high-fiber cereal– for dinner.

The idea is you’ll burn it off throughout the day and you’ll be less hungry therefore you’ll lose weight.

Here is an article from the Daily Record (UK) about A-list stars who enjoy the Reverse Diet plan. This article says you no longer need to count calories or feel deprived. You simply need to reverse the order of your meals every day and watch the pounds drop away. They suggest meals of meatloaf or grilled chicken, or eggs with baked beans.

Huff Post has some ideas for turning dinner leftovers into breakfast. Things like taco night into breakfast burritos and pot roast into breakfast hash. This sounds more appealing to me but isn’t the point to eat less for dinner? So where would you get the left over roast?

Livestrong.com explains that “the basic reasoning behind the reverse diet is that you can better burn off the fat, sugars and calories of your biggest meal of the day if you eat that meal in the morning.” The article also notes that there does not appear to be scientific evidence to support weight-loss claims associated with this diet. Furthermore, while some dieters will respond to this approach of emphasize “reasonable portions,”  others may need more structure.

Could you do it?  I don’t know about you but I can do cold pizza for breakfast but I don’t think I could handle meatloaf or salmon first thing.

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