A body fat check to help your health
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.
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