Get a Full Check-up

Before changing your diet and starting a fitness regime, get checked out by your medical practitioner or qualified health professional.

Make sure it is a detailed full-body check that includes extensive blood analysis. That way you’ll be able to rectify any deficiencies (such as iron, folate, B12, and vitamin D) and hormone imbalances such as high insulin levels, that can affect not only fat loss but also your energy levels and overall well being.

The four key components of a check-up are:

  1. Biochemical assessment – blood tests (hormones, vitamins, minerals).
  2. Clinical assessment – medical history, physical symptoms such as fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, etc.
  3. Anthropometric measures – body fat can be measured in a number of ways. The most common are skin folds, which can be done quickly and cost-effectively by a qualified professional. Other methods are DEXA scan or bioelectrical impedance. Whatever method is used, it’s important that the same method is used for later measurements to ensure consistency in evaluation.
  4. Dietary – everything you eat and drink. Write it down for one week. Remember that everything you eat and drink, as well as your lifestyle, forms the foundations of your health.

Remember you should adhere to your doctor’s fasting guidelines prior to your blood tests and also make sure your are well hydrated. Dehydration is often associated with haemoconcentration of the blood, resulting in falsely high readings.

(Theresa Cutter – The Healthy Chef)