FATMAX Testing (Fat Burning Efficiency)

Maximise your fat-burning potential by finding out your Fat Burning Zones

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FATMAX Testing (Fat Burning Efficiency)

Maximise your fat-burning potential

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What is FATMax Testing?

Our newest metabolic efficiency test, called the FatMax, is an incredibly useful tool for anyone seeking to lose fat as part of their health and fitness goals. It helps you to optimise your weight-loss journey and address factors which may hold your fat-loss back. 

Find Your Ideal Fat Burning Heart Rate Zone

The FatMax test tells you how well you burn fat. We can tell you whether you burn fat at rest and during medium exercise, and what your ideal fat burning heart rate zone is. This is the heart rate at which you burn fat most efficiently. 

Once you know your fat burning heart rate, you can spend more time in that zone, workout at the optimum level of intensity and maximise the fat burning potential of your workouts. 

Work smarter not harder! Your ideal fat burning heart rate zone might not require you to engage in super-high intensity workouts – you might be overdoing it unnecessarily in your pursuit to burn more body fat. 

Will diets and fasting help for fat burning?

We absolutely hold to the science which says that a calorie deficit is the primary tool for losing fat, however, from your Fatmax test results, we’ll be able to advise whether specific strategies like low-carb or fasting might be a good idea for you to burn more fat, or whether there’s no need to go down that route.  You might be able to reach your goals just by working out at your optimum fat burning heart rate for longer and maintaining the deficit.

What is FatMax Testing?

The FatMax test tells you how well you burn fat. We can tell you whether you burn fat at rest and during medium exercise, and what your ideal fat burning heart rate zone is. This is the heart rate at which you burn fat most efficiently. 

Once you know your fat burning heart rate, you can spend more time in that zone, workout at the optimum level of intensity and maximise the fat burning potential of your workouts. 

Work smarter not harder! Your ideal fat burning heart rate zone might not require you to engage in super-high intensity workouts – you might be overdoing it unnecessarily in your pursuit to burn more body fat

Will diets and fasting help for fat burning?

We absolutely hold to the science which says that a calorie deficit is the primary tool for losing fat, however, from your Fatmax test results, we’ll be able to advise whether specific strategies like low-carb or fasting might be a good idea for you to burn more fat, or whether there’s no need to go down that route.  You might be able to reach your goals just by working out at your optimum fat burning heart rate for longer and maintaining the deficit.

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How is the test done?

We conduct the FatMax test with our state of the art Oxygen mixing chamber. We will fit you for a heart rate strap, and for a mask. You will start the test seated, and will bring your breathing and heart rate down to  resting levels. We will stay like that for a couple of minutes before getting up to stand on the treadmill. We will stay there for a couple of minutes also. Then we will start you walking slowly on the treadmill, and every couple of minutes we will start to add incline. This means you will start on a flat surface, and then will be walking up a hill. We will keep adding incline to the test until we get the data we need. This might take you to the point of being slightly out of breath. We will then stop you and allow you to cool down and rest. 

What we are looking for is measurement of how much fat and how much sugar you are burning at all the different intensities. Someone who is very inefficient at burning fat will be burning more sugar than fat even when at rest. This means it will be difficult for this person to lose fat, unless they take some specific actions to address this efficiency. 

The full appointment will take 1 hour, including a full consultation and action plan for your results. 

What do I get at the end of the test?

Based on the data we get we will be able to give you guidance on

    -how much carbohydrate should I have in my diet?

    -Should I be considering things like intermittent fasting?

    -how intensely should I exercise to be burning fat?

    -What time of day should I do my exercise?

    -Does doing fasted cardio make a difference for me?

Who is the test for?

It’s for people who are starting or continuing their weight loss journey who would like to understand more about what fuel their body is burning, for anyone looking to cut body fat in the most efficient way possible, and anyone who wants to maximise the fat burning results of their workouts. 

If you want to understand the most effective strategies for you, based on your personal metabolic function, then this test is an invaluable tool.

What’s the difference between fat burning and cardio?

Generally, you are burning a mixture of fat and carbohydrate while you exercise. However, as intensity increases, you’ll burn more carbohydrate as it’s a faster-burning fuel for muscles. Everyone has a zone however in which they are most effective at burning fat. This zone, once measured, is where the greater part of your cardio workouts should be, and will be different to the zone for cardiovascular fitness. The optimum fat burning heart rate zone is different for everyone, which is what you’ll find out with the Fatmax test from my Vital Metrics.

Why would I want to do a FATMax test?

The FATMAX and the associated report can help a lot with training for efficient fat burning. Together with the DEXA and a Resting Metabolic Rate Test, you can get a real understanding of how best to approach a fat loss journey, from a calories, macros and exercise perspective. 

How much does a FATMax test cost?

We keep our pricing as easy to understand as possible. For a full schedule of prices for all tests/scans and memberships, please click here

Who can take a FATMax Test?

 

Anyone can take a FATMax test because the intensity is not very high. You might raise a small sweat by the end of the test, but that is all. We usually do the test by walking on a treadmill, and change the incline – so as long as you can walk up a hill, you should be fine. 

How do I burn more fat?

Theres a couple of interventions we will look at. For some, it might be just working out for longer in your optimum fat burning zone, and keeping your calorie deficit where it is. For others, fat burning may be impaired and so we will suggest additional dietary interventions to help make your fat burning even more effective.

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