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A question that a lot of our clients at BodyScan ask frequently, is: “I’ve been using a weight loss calculator and tracking my calorie intake… but I’m not getting any closer to my body weight goals. Where am I getting it wrong?!” 

Calorie calculator maths is thrown off by your body’s adaptive nature. Your metabolism slows down as you reduce your caloric intake. Starting with an accurate body fat measurement also ensures that you set realistic goals from the get-go. A DEXA scan UK shows you measurements in a language that is easy to understand. 
Body scan weight loss calculator

The body scan calorie calculator takes your body metabolism’s adaptive nature into account. This gives a more accurate picture of what you need to do to reach your ideal weight. By getting a body scan, you receive an accurate picture of how long it may take to achieve visible results. Before you use a body scancalorie calculator, make sure that your expectations about body change and weight loss match with how your body works.
What to expect from the DEXA body composition test

Our DEXA body fat measurement London clients achieve excellent results with the body scan weight loss calculator. But here’s what the DEXA body composition test or body scan can’t do: Predict every factor that affects your ability to reach your weight loss goals. Working out or meticulously tracking calories may be a viable weight loss approach for some.

Assess our affordable pricing, work with our DEXA body fat measurement London team and improve your results with a tailor-made approach. 

​Tim Ferris’s book The 4-Hour Body aims to tell us how to achieve maximum results with the least amount of effort required. Essentially, he attempts to give us the ‘minimum effective dose’ required to achieve the body we are after.

In the book Tim focuses on something he calls the ‘Slow-Carb Diet’. His first rule is to avoid white carbohydrates like bread, cereal and pasta. They are bad from his perspective because they are ‘fast’ carbs – that is, are broken down quickly by the body and mitigating these will reveal the abs and give you a flat stomach. This is a major over-simplification of how fat loss occurs. He makes a blanket statement without any reference to the caloric intake of these foods.

I am inherently sceptical of individuals who label certain foods ‘good’ or ‘bad’ because fundamentally food is just energy, and fat loss simply requires an energy deficit. If you eat in a calorie deficit, then the speed at which carbohydrates are broken down by the body is irrelevant. Furthermore, is it realistic to ban certain types of foods long-term? No. Whilst cutting these out may help you lose 10lbs (4.5kg) in a month, what good is that if you bail out after four weeks and end up gaining the weight back when you return to these banned foods afterwards?

His other rules are to repeat the same meals, don’t drink calories, don’t eat fruit and one day per week have a blow-out day or a ‘cheat’ day. This blow-out day is not optional, you have to do it. And you can go crazy, eating whatever refined carbohydrates you want. Bread, ice-cream, fruit(!) and anything else you fancy. 

Frankly, in my opinion, these rules are dangerous. What they amount to is eating-disorder like habits. Huge restrictions throughout the week, followed by a binge. These are not long term healthy habits that foster a good relationship with food. Instead they perpetuate a starve, binge, repeat cycle which is exactly what leads to yoyo dieting, not long-term consistent results.

Towards the end of the book Tim also says we need to experiment on ourselves. Not everyone will lose weight in the same way or gain muscle in the same way. This essentially nullifies everything he says up to that point. His irresponsible rules about bingeing and restricting may work for him, but it would be stupid to recommend that as a healthy way of eating to others who want long-term, sustainable results. The book is an over-simplification and far too reductionist in nature. The only rules that we need to follow to get the body we are after are as follows:

1)      If you are trying to achieve a flat stomach and reveal your abs, adhere to a calorie deficit.
2)      If you are trying to build muscle, progressively overload in the gym through a gradual increase in the weights you are using over time.

Rob Webster
Bodyscan Consultant

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Here at ​Bodyscan, we utilise the most advanced DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) technology to precisely measure the body fat, tissue and bone in each major region of your body. 

What is a ‘Body Composition Test’? 

While a scale may be tempting, it is not the clearest way to measure your fitness levels. By measuring your body composition, we can reveal a much better picture. 

‘Body composition’ refers to the proportion of fat you have, relative to lean tissue. This measurement is a clearer indicator of your fitness. 

We test this by using a DEXA scan to report your measurements. This will give you the most accurate body fat measurement and be used to support you while you pursue your fitness journey. 

What is a DEXA Body Scan?

As we mentioned above, the body scan is used to measure the components of your body. The DEXA scan uses a minuscule dose of X-rays to take this reading. It is completely non-invasive, you will not go inside a machine or have anything attached to you during the scan. Most of our customers say that the scan is a relaxing experience.  

The scan itself takes less than 4 minutes and you can return every eight weeks to monitor the changes in your body composition.

Why Use A Body Scan?

If you are looking for an accurate body measurement, on a weight loss journey, or just looking toward a healthier lifestyle, then the DEXA scan may be for you. 

It enables you to get insight into the essential components of your body. You can use the findings to see what areas to work on to and then continually track your progress.

Here at bodyscanuk.com, we are a professional and trusted team that are excited to join you on your fitness journey. Since 2015, we have performed over 11,000 scans and have many happy customers. If you’re ready to see if DEXA scans are right for you, please contact us or book a scan.