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Weight Control

Physical Activity & Dietary Assessments for Weight Control

Physical Activity and Dietary Assessments for Weight Control

These tests are structured to provide you with detailed information related to your energy balance, a key factor in being able to maximize your weight control. You will learn the approximate number of calories you expend during a normal day as well as calories you are consuming in your diet. These physical activity and dietary assessments will require two visits to the center. The visits will be two weeks apart—one visit for the initial tests and one visit for a face-to-face consultation on your weight control goals. In addition, over the course of these two weeks, you will receive three 30-minute telephone calls in order to recall the amount of all foods and beverages you consumed over the previous day. The price for this weight control assessment package is: general population $180, faculty/staff $135, and students $90.

The specific assessments include:

student checking Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR): This test measures the rate at which your body burns calories at rest. The individual lays fully rested for approximately 40 minutes while breathing into a metabolic cart. This measurement is effective in calculating calorie consumption needed to effectively gain or lose weight.

Bod Pod testingBod Pod: This is a popular method of body composition testing that uses air displacement to measure body density, which can then be used to calculate percent body fat and percent lean mass. This test requires the subject to sit comfortably in the Bod Pod for two to three one-minute trials while measurements are taken.

PedometerPedometer: You will be given a pedometer to measure your current walking levels. This, in addition to the RMR, will allow center staff to get an estimate of your overall physical activity.


Dietary Analysis: Diet will be analyzed using three 24-hour dietary recalls. For these recalls, three separate 30-minute phone calls over a two-week period will occur. During the phone calls, individuals will be asked to recall the amount of all foods and beverages consumed over the previous day. From this information, two reports are provided. The first report provides information on the average amount of each listed dietary component consumed, the recommended Daily Value of the nutrient, and percentage of the Daily Value reported consumed (Daily Values in these reports are based on a 2,000 kcal diet). The second report is on average daily food group servings consumed. A dietary analysis provides a better understanding of how dietary intake compares to current recommendations.

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