Nutrition & Fitness Services
Since its inception in 2001, ProPartners has maintained a staff of Registered Dietitians to educate and encourage our patients to improve their eating habits. Our dietitians are available for one-on-one consultations or for consultations with couples and are experienced in helping patients to manage high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a wide variety of other dietary issues. In addition, they work closely with our fitness trainers in helping many patients with their weight loss and weight management goals.
Metabolic rate, or metabolism, is the rate at which the body expends energy. This is also referred to as the "caloric burn rate" and is directly related to how much oxygen you consume. Knowing metabolic rate is vital for efficient weight loss as well as weight maintenance.
At ProPartners, metabolic testing is performed using the same equipment used by U.S. Olympic teams to measure oxygen consumption at rest and with exercise. Metabolic rate is measured at rest (to determine how many calories you burn at rest in a 24 hour period) and with exercise (to determine how many calories you burn per hour at various heart rates when you exercise). In addition, the heart rate at which you start to transition from strictly aerobic metabolism to anaerobic metabolism is recorded.
This data is then used by our staff to formulate your dietary plan (target calories) and exercise plans (target heart rate) so you can efficiently reach your fitness and weight loss goals.
A thirty minute consultation with one of our certified fitness trainers is included with each metabolic testing session. This consultation is intended to help each you to develop a detailed nutritional and exercise plan.