Hi, Pugs. I learned about the BodyGem here on T-Mag. The information it provided me was a real turning point for me.
The cost is above $1,000 per unit, not something most people are going to go out and buy. However, there’s a locator at www.healthetech.com/corp/ consumer/bodygem_locator.jsp. (Take out any spaces that appear in the link, of course.) What I did was contact a few places that provided the services in my city. One place wanted $200 for the test and a workup. HealthSouth charges $50 for the first test and $30 for all other follow-up tests. Bally’s Health Clubs are offering the service, too, but I’m not sure what they charge.
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is supposed to be the energy/calories you expend sitting in a chair all day. Calorically, this might be a little low, but what I do is eat the number of calories that were reported as my RMR (1400, in my case) and create an additional deficit with cardio and weight training. And I don’t go crazy with the cardio, either. I really beieve it’s getting your diet right and that cardio is complementary.
I was told by the person that did the test that RMR is 80% of a sedentary person’s daily caloric expenditure. But Joel Marion has said that he feels it’s more like 60%. All I can say is that I’ve made slow and steady progress. My goal was only a pound a week.
If you’re interested, I’d be glad to share my diet with you. Since I started in October I’ve never varied from taking in the number of calories that match my RMR. However, there was one pretty serious plateau along the way. With some subtle tweaks I’m now making the progress that always dreamed of.