The Best in Nutrition & Fitness[caption id="attachment_114" align="alignright" width="195" caption="Start the new year right with a healthy lifestyle and exercise!"][/caption] This year, my New Year's resolution was to be more health conscious by not only paying attention to what I ate, but also taking time to make exercise part of my daily routine. Of course, here we are at the end of January and my New Year's resolution is still on the ground floor! I've been a little bit more aware of what and how much of an item I eat. But, about that exercise...let's just say that I've had three free passes to Bally's and New York Sports Club and all of them have either already expired or are set to expire and I haven't set foot into any of those facilities. So, a friend of mine suggested that I go to a nutrition and fitness center to have my diet, metabolism and activity measured, thus creating a personalized plan that I would be more likely to stick to. I figured it couldn't hurt, so dressed in relatively comfy clothes, I headed over to Living Proof at 226 E. 54th St between 2nd and 3rd avenues, a center that offers a fully integrated nutrition and exercise program that actually caters to the individual. Toted as the "Un-Gym", Living Proof examines your daily eating habits. Unlike the average diet which is strictly regimented and makes eating out something to dread, this plan suggests healthy ways that you can still enjoy food but in a different way. On my first visit (which happened to be a Friday), I was instructed that in order to seriously offer me a beneficial program, I needed to write a food journal for a full week of everything I ate. Then, the following Friday, I was to come back to have my metabolism and body fat tested. That meant no food after 9am that morning and a ban on caffeine or exercise that day as well. The following Friday, I returned to Living Proof and was met by body composition specialist, Lisa Jubilee, MS, CDN. Our meeting started with the standard informational survey where I filled out my weight, height, age, if I had any medical conditions, etc. Once I finished this, I was weighed for accuracy and then had my body fat tested on my hip, triceps, bicep, and on my back. The result? I have a body fat percentage of 22.1%, which for my weight and age group (114lbs age 20-25...I'm 23) is an excellent number. In other words, only 22.1% of my body's weight is comprised of fat. And I learned something very interesting, there's no such thing as someone having no body fat. Yes, even in our body image obsessed culture, no one out there can live without some measure of body fat. So what happened to the other 77.9% of my body weight? That number represents my body weight including organs, bone, and muscle mass. I was happy to learn that I had a pretty good body fat percentage considering that I'm not the healthiest eater in town and I've had my fair share of late night bacon cheeseburgers with a side of fries! But my visit wasn't over. I had also agreed to have my metabolism tested. All I had to do was take a breathing test by breathing in and out normally through my mouth into a tube while my nose was clamped. Ten minutes later I had my results. Again, a pleasant surprise: my resting metabolic rate was 1627 calories a day. My results ranked in the maintenance zone category of 1627 to 2113 calories which is a target for those who have reached their ideal weight. My goal from this is to maintain my metabolism and weight by eating right and incorporating exercise into my daily routine. But, had my results been less than ideal, I would have been given a personalized meal plan that would take into account my daily routine (work, school, etc) and highlighted ways that I could cut calories or increase fiber without sacrificing time or flavor. Now that I have information about how my body processes foods and burns calories, I'm ready to find a fitness plan that actually works for me. If you would like to have your nutrition and exercise lifestyle evaluated visit them at www.livingproofnyc.com or contact them by phone at (212) 308-2990 or visit them at 226 E 54th St, Ste 501.