Workout, eat healthy, life weights, do cardio. I feel like the overall message on social media about how to handle your health and weight can be overwhelming. Eat a smoothie bowl, do a juice cleanse, dont do a juice cleanse, eat Keto. It goes on and on and on.
Personally, I am trying to live my life pushing my body to workout to be strong and confident. I like to try different types of workouts and see my progress. As well, I HATE to weigh myself. I may work out and eat like a rabbit for a month and then gain 2 lbs, but all my clothes still fit well, if not more lose. It's like whaaaaat. This feeling can be frustrating. At the end of the day I realized I do not really care about the scale but the athletic progress I am making and the muscles I am building.
ENTER... Composition ID. This is the Washington DC (and Texas) version but there are other similar places all over the country. You can simply google RMR testing or DEXA scan and find a place near you I found a coupon on Gilt City and decided to finally get this testing done.
This is a low key X-ray of your body that tells you your composition. My end result was an xray of my body showing me where my fat was held, how many lbs of fat I had, percentages, and my lean mass. It was awesome to see the positive effects of working out. As well, the show you bone density and adipose fat tissue percentage so you can ensure your body is healthy. Another interesting part was it showed you the right vs. left side of the body so you can recognize any inconsistencies in your body.
For this I just breathed into a tube for ~10 minutes. This was not what I was expecting when I heard this would test my Resting Metabolic Rate. What's that? Its basically how many calories your body would burn if you sat around doing nothing all day. This helps determining your goal calorie consumption in order to lose weight. So you breathe into the tube and the machine determines your RMR. From there you can make a game plan based on your weight loss (or gain) goals.
For the next 8 weeks I am going to be tracking calories and working on my lifts and I have another DEXA Scan scheduled for April. This will be a great way for me to measure if my workouts are effective without the stress of stepping on a scale!
I highly recommend this for anyone looking to track their workout progress. You can click this referral link if you live in DC and want a discount on your first appointment!