A body fat check to help your health

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters - Will Hen­shaw

A Ruther­glen woman is help­ing to shape up the lo­cal com­mu­nity by hold­ing body fat tests.

Tracy Cham­bers, of Waverly Drive, works as a well­ness coach and holds ex­er­cise boot camps through­out the area.

And she is also out and about in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, of­fer­ing to give res­i­dents free body fat tests.

Tracy ( 45) said: “We’ve been to su­per­mar­kets, we plan on go­ing to the Tesco in Ruther­glen and we’ve been to Land­mer Day and school fairs.

“We of­fer body fat tests, it’s a hand held mon­i­tor and it tells peo­ple their body fat per­cent­age.

“It is an im­por­tant thing to mea­sure if you want to stay healthy.”

As well as their body fat per­cent­age, Tracy also has a scale which gives peo­ple their ‘well­ness pro­file’.

“This mea­sures their mus­cle mass, vis­ceral fat and meta­bolic age.

“Meta­bolic age is a num­ber that comes from com­par­ing your Basal Meta­bolic Rate with the Basal Meta­bolic Rate av­er­age of your chrono­log­i­cal age group.

“Vis­ceral fat is body fat that’s stored within the ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity around a num­ber of im­por­tant in­ter­nal or­gans such as the liver, pan­creas and in­testines.

She added: “If peo­ple are up for it, they can get their well­ness pro­file.

“Some peo­ple are a bit hes­i­tant about step­ping on the scales in public, so if they want we can ar­range to do it at a later date.”

Tracy says it’s crit­i­cal that peo­ple keep tabs on their body fat per­cent­age.

She said: “Body fat is re­spon­si­ble for many of the lifestyle dis­ease we have in the West of Scot­land such as heart dis­ease and type two di­a­betes.

“We en­cour­age weight loss through body fat loss, you only want to lose body fat and not mus­cle.”

Tracy says for women a healthy body fat per­cent­age is 24 to 35 per cent and for men it’s un­der 20 per cent.

How­ever she has no­ticed that most peo­ple in the area are above av­er­age.

She added: “For women the av­er­age I am see­ing is in the late 30s and early 40s and for males it’s the late 20s/ early 30s.

“Most peo­ple have too much sugar in their diet and also a lack of ex­er­cise.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber though, ex­er­cise is only 20 per cent of it the rest is your diet so it’s cru­cial you watch what you eat.”

Tracy en­cour­ages peo­ple to fol­low the ‘10-5-1’ diet.

She added: “That’s 10 glasses of wa­ter, five healthy meals and some ex­er­cise, if peo­ple fol­low that they are on the right track.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the ser­vices Tracy of­fers visit her Face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/shape­up­nowaskme­how

Body fat is the to­tal mass of fat di­vided by to­tal body mass.

It is a mea­sure of fit­ness level, since it is the only body mea­sure­ment which di­rectly cal­cu­lates a per­son’s rel­a­tive body com­po­si­tion with­out re­gard to height or weight.

Most peo­ple have too much sugar in their diet

Tracy Cham­bers

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