When you start a diet and exercise program, you are trying to lose fat, right? But many people diet and only lose pounds. Pounds may mean losing muscle or water weight. How can you be assured that you are only losing fat? After working hard to lose weight, many people find that once they relax and stop following their exercise and diet program, they gain the weight back. This is usually because water weight is easily regained. Unfortunately, many times lost muscle is replaced with fat.
When starting a diet and exercise program, most people want to be slimmer. Losing pounds is not the same as losing inches. When you start an exercise program, body weight may actually increase because muscle is more dense than fat. When this happens, you may become discouraged and discontinue your program because the scale says you weigh more. Knowing that you are losing fat encourages you to stick with your program.
Five pounds of fat compared to five pounds of muscle.
Body weight may decrease when bone, water, muscle, feces or fat volume is decreased in the body. Why waste your time with a diet plan that does not decrease fat? One of the Gold Standard methods to measure body fat is with DEXA scanning. Most are familiar with DEXA scanning to measure bone density. The same technology can also be used to measure the amount of fat and water in the body. An added bonus of the technology is an actual picture of the distribution of fat in the body and a measurement of bone density.
Many overweight persons stay that way because the body has lost the ability to burn fat. How can you teach your body to burn fat? The first part of any weight loss program should be an initial assessment. The initial assessment should include a body fat percentage. The Gold standard for measuring body fat percentage is the DEXA scan. Most people that have heard of the DEXA scan associate it with measuring bone density, but this piece of equipment is also able to assess total body fat. A good method of assessing the progress and success of any weight loss program is a periodic assessment of the total body fat percentage to ensure that the weight loss program is targeting fat rather than muscle and water.
Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound and Breast Center offers both the initial assessment and follow-up of total body fat evaluations. Call us to schedule your DEXA scan for your total body fat assessment. Call us at 404-252-3430 to schedule your appointment.
Carolyn G. Dudley, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center
Carolyn G. Dudley has over 30 years' experience in imaging. She attended Bryn Mawr College, Howard University and completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Dudley was one of the pioneers in developing techniques to diagnose breast cancer utilizing MRI. Presently, she has a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia where she offers patients a wide range of outpatient diagnostic services in a convenient and patient-friendly environment. Her practice is the first non-hospital facility in Georgia to offer the latest advancement in mammography: 3D Mammography (breast tomosynthesis). In addition, Dr. Dudley provides 2D Digital Mammography, bone densitometry, total body fat evaluations, and ultrasound utilizing the most up to date technology available.
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