Weight Management/Weight Loss
At Austin Medical Partners in Austin, TX we understand that weight loss is not one-size-fits-all and most diets do not result in lasting changes necessary to truly improve health. Our holistic weight management uses assessments of your body’s metabolism, composition of fat and lean mass, with the most advanced body composition analysis using DXA scanning technology. We assess cardiovascular fitness to customize a plan to reach and most importantly, to maintain a healthy weight. Dedicated physician-directed health coaching and nutrition counseling with our consulting nutritionist will equip you with the knowledge and lifestyle skills necessary for lifelong maintenance of a healthy weight.
Our focus is not on quick fixes, fads, or expensive shakes and pre-packaged foods that don’t achieve lasting weight loss. By focusing on achieving a healthy lifestyle, obesity-related medical illness can be prevented, improved, reversed, and in some cases, even cured!
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Testing
Resting Metabolic Rate or RMR is used to determine the calories you burn when at rest or when not doing any activities.
Why is RMR important?
Your RMR establishes the minimum number of calories to carry out your body’s basic functions. It is the baseline caloric expenditure, which will help guide whether or not your diet will result in weight gain or weight loss.
Why not use an estimate of my caloric requirements to determine how much I should eat to gain or lose weight?
Caloric needs based off of charts are woefully inaccurate. These charts often overestimate your caloric need and result in weight gain and NOT weight loss. Let’s consider a real-life example: John is a 46 year old male who has been having difficulty losing weight. He’s been estimating his caloric need to be 2000 calories/day based on a chart he found on the internet. Frustrated by his lack of weight loss, he finally gets his metabolic rate tested. Shockingly, he learns his RMR is only 1500 calories per day. Based on his estimation, he was consuming 500 more calories than his baseline caloric need. If John continued with his usual diet, this would result in a weight gain of 52 pounds over the course of a year.
Not only can we determine what your baseline caloric need is with RMR testing, we can determine if you are using primarily fat as your fuel source or if you are using carbohydrates as your fuel source. Our RMR device will measure your Respiratory Exchange Ratio or RER to make this determination. This information can be used to further optimize your nutrition plan.