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Operation Transformation: Weigh Your Age

As part of Operation Transformation, we are offering to all a free check to measure your metabolic age, visceral fat, fat percentage and weight, in both of oour pharmacies.

But what do all this mean? Visceral fat? Metabolic age? Read this handy guide to interpret your results and get handy advice on how to deal with them.

Metabolic Age:

Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of energy your body must use to keep you functioning when you are at rest daily. Although you are not physically active your body still needs to burn calories to function properly.

An increase in muscle mass helps your basal metabolic rate as increasing muscle increases the number of calories being burned by the body and so decreasing body fat.

As for metabolic age, as you age your metabolic rate changes. Throughout childhood and adolescence your metabolic rate continues to increase, peaking at about 16/17. From then on, your metabolic rate decreases.

When calculating metabolic age, it compares your basal metabolic rate to the average rate for your chronological age. If your metabolic age is greater than your actual age, that means you need to improve your metabolic rate. How do you do this? The most effective way is to exercise, which will build muscle mass and therefore burn more calories.

Visceral Fat:

Visceral fat wraps around a person’s organs and has been found to be more detrimental to your health compared to body fat. It increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and surprisingly dementia.

In a positive sense, it allows for some space between organs. But too much can lead to the issues mentioned above, and additionally high blood pressure.

When you receive you free check in any of our pharmacies, you will receive a number between 1 and 59. A number between 1 and 12 means you have a healthy level of visceral fat and any number above means an excessive amount of visceral fat.

Body Fat Percentage:

Body fat percentage is essential to evaluating your health. Fat is used for you to keep warm and to protect your organs, however, too much fat is detrimental to your health.

If it’s too low, you are more prone to lower energy levels and lower resistance levels to disease. If it’s too high you are more at a risk of diabetes and other problems.

For those with a high percentage, the following steps can be taken:

  • Reduce sugar intake
  • Increase non-starchy vegetables and fruit
  • Increase exercise
  • Get enough sleep

For those with a low percentage, the following steps can be taken:

  • Eat regularly, at least three times a day
  • Increase protein, carbohydrates and fat
  • Focus on getting enough sleep

How can Stratus Healthcare help?

Need to exercise more? We have fitness videos filmed by Donna Dunne and running programmes created by Irish Oympian Mick Clohisey.

Need more advice on how to interpret your results and where to go if you feel they need to be changed? Call into any of our pharmacies, use our PharmaChat service or give us a call and we can advise you where to go from there.

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