How do you know if your diet and lifestyle are improving your health? You can test!

Kirsty Woods is an exercise physiologist who uses metabolic rate and respiratory quotient to help her clients lose fat and gain muscle — exactly what we want for healthy weight loss.

In this podcast, we discuss the basics of metabolic testing and body composition analysis, and we go into the details you need to know to understand how these tests can help you. You’ll learn what you should look for in the results, too.

Listen in for a practical tour de force on metabolic testing!

Thanks for reading,
Bret Scher, MD FACC

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Table of contents


00:00  Introduction
01:54  What is indirect calorimetry?
05:50  What is basal and resting metabolic rate?
07:39  Why do we want to avoid decreased metabolic rate?
13:52  How Kirsty uses testing in her clinic?
19:44  Indirect calorimetry and intermittent fasting
25:51  What the bioimpedance scale tells us
30:02  The big three pillars of exercise types
35:52  Accessibility of this metabolic test
39:19  About the different body composition tests
46:16  The role of supplements for healthier weight loss
48:39  About bariatric surgery
52:09  Where to find Kirsty Woods

About the video

Virtual podcast recorded in January 2021, published in April 2021.
Host: Dr. Bret Scher
Producer: Hari Dewang

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