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Harris Methodist H•E•B Fitness Center Offers Individualized, Scientific Help for Dieters
07/08/2008

BEDFORD, Texas – For Bedford resident Kim Brown, the word “diet” had become synonymous with utter frustration. On one diet, she lost weight only to gain it back. On another, she lost a few pounds, hit a plateau and couldn’t seem to lose any more.

Brown found concrete, scientific answers to her weight loss dilemma with metabolic and exercise rate testing at the Harris Methodist H•E•B Fitness Center. The testing, offered locally only at the fitness center, is designed to inform people who struggle with their weight exactly how many calories they should consume and how many they need to burn in order to lose weight.

For Brown, metabolic rate testing revealed she wasn’t consuming enough calories, so her body wouldn’t allow her to lose any more weight. Once she learned exactly how many calories she needed to eat based on her body’s unique needs and the type and duration of exercise she was doing, she began to get back on track.

“When you drop your total caloric intake below your resting metabolic rate (RMR), your body goes into starvation mode and will begin depleting your muscles for food,” said Jennifer Wines, group exercise coordinator and personal trainer at the Harris Methodist H•E•B Fitness Center. “It’s important that you know the minimum amount of calories you have to eat to prevent that from occurring.”

The RMR is the minimum amount of calories your body needs to perform its daily functions, such as breathing and blood circulation, Wines said. Typically, a person uses between 60 percent and 75 percent of calories consumed to maintain his or her RMR. When a person is trying to lose weight, the remaining 25 to 40 percent of the calories should be worked off with diet or exercise.

“Knowing your exact RMR — rather than your estimated RMR — is the most important part of losing weight,” Wines said. “If you’re exercising and dieting but not losing weight the way you believe you should be, it’s probably because you’ve miscalculated your RMR.”

After Brown underwent testing and learned her RMR results, the staff at the Harris Methodist H•E•B Fitness Center determined how many calories she uses for physical activity and how many total calories she should be consuming.

“I also learned where I stand from a cardio standpoint — what types of exercise to do and how hard to work out,” she said. “It helped me understand what my target heart rate needs to be for exercise to be most beneficial and burn the most fat. I also learned how many calories to eat on days I work out, and how many to eat when I don’t work out.

"Now, every time I hit a plateau, I get my metabolic rate tested again so I can find out what my body needs based on my current weight.”

For more information on metabolic rate testing at Harris Methodist H•E•B Fitness Center, call Wines at 817-267-9191.

About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, a member of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and psychiatric and addiction treatment.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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