Resting Metabolic Rate

How to Know if You’re Overtraining

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Can you work out too much? We tend to think more is better when setting fitness goals. Log more hours at the gym, schedule two-a-days, burn an extreme number of calories. While working harder may make sense logically to see results, there’s a danger that comes with consistently overworking muscles to the point of exhaustion.…

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What does Consumer Genetic Testing Say about Fitness and Trainability?

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In our ever-evolving age of information, the promise of using DNA to answer many of our health questions incredibly intriguing. If we know which genes we have, and which genes we don’t have, we can know more about how to plan for the future. But is the science really there yet? Heather Huntsman, Ph.D. CSCS,…

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Can I Build Muscle While I Sleep?

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Is it possible to build muscle without any effort (or…consciousness)? Heather Huntsman, Ph.D., CSCS, weighs in on two basic principles of muscle building rooted in research that could help you maximize lean muscle mass growth without lifting a barbell. As a scientist and a lifelong athlete who has tried just about everything to perform at…

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The Accuracy and Benefits (if any) of Wearables

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Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch — are activity trackers and wearable devices accurate? Do they actually affect behavior change and promote weight loss? Composition ID’s scientific contributor, Heather Huntsman, Ph.D., CSCS, weighs in on the benefits and shortfalls these devices, and whether they can truly help you achieve your goals. Wearable Devices: Does Popular Mean Promise?…

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The Breakdown of a Resting Metabolic Rate Test

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To see results after making a body composition goal, it’s crucial to understand your specific metabolic information. A Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test provides the details you can’t guess by yourself or calculate online. Interpreting results from an RMR test is also important to understand how a tailored nutrition plan can help achieve your desired…

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Client Spotlight: Michelle, Houston, TX

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At Composition ID, we take pride in helping our clients reach their goals. This week, we’re spotlighting our Houston client Michelle. She is a wife, a busy mother of two boys and a teacher who loves CrossFit. She is always on-the-go and often travels for her son’s baseball games. When Michelle joined us, she was shocked…

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Client Spotlight: Lezlie, Houston, TX

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At Composition ID, we take pride in helping our clients reach their goals. We’d like to spotlight our client Lezlie: a wife, mother of 3, CrossFitter, business-owner, and self-professed data nerd. Lezlie joined us during a nutrition challenge hosted by a Houston CrossFit gym. She was looking to make composition changes without stressing over every…

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News Flash: You (Probably) Don’t Have a Slow Metabolism

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“I can’t lose weight because I have a slow metabolism.” We hear it all the time, and for some, this is very true. However, for a majority of the population, there are likely other factors in play. Why? As it turns out, it’s actually rare to have a substantially “slow” metabolism naturally. Falling victim to…

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Top 10 Trends in Health & Fitness for 2019

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A new year means new trends in health, fitness and wellness. We surveyed several leading health giants to find 10 of the most notable trends to look out for this year. Wearable Technology According to a study by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), wearable technology will be the top trend in fitness this…

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Resting Metabolic Rate: Accuracy Brings Results

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Let’s face it, whether it’s losing fat or gaining muscle, your body composition goals are personal. Since every body is different, everybody’s approach to achieving a goal is unique. The most important piece of knowledge required to drive results through nutrition is a clear understanding of your unique metabolism. Knowing how efficiently your body uses…

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Lessons From “The Biggest Loser” Fallout

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A few days ago the NY Times posted an article about the popular weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser” and how some of its former contestants had fared in the months and years after participating. As it turns out… they hadn’t done well. Just about all of the contestants had gained the weight back and were as unhealthy as ever. I’ve long thought “The Biggest Loser” to be an absolute mockery of health and wellness so I can’t say the findings were especially surprising, but I’ve had more than a few clients and gym goers bring it up so I thought it would serve as a launching point for further discussion.

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