BLOG: Clark loses weight in the 'zone'

Ellyn Clark
Sep 24, 2010


This past week was week No. 37 of the FIT challenge.

As most of you know, if you are following along with my blog, I am healing from a rib injury. Hey as long as we're alive, accidents do and will happen.

I am stressed a bit about losing this remaining 25 pounds. I am concerned that because I am not working out as aggressively as I was the weight is going to come off a lot slower. 

I've been losing around 5 pounds per month. I have not been happy with 5 pounds per month. Five pounds per month is not much of a competitive edge. But my personal trainer, T.J. Temper, of Northern Ohio Medical Fitness Center, has encouraged me to think positive. He points the fact that I am losing and I will continue to lose. I am not a patient person.

So, do I have to be all that much more careful about what I'm eating? I believe so. You may ask, Ellyn, "How do you know how many calories you should be eating, or how are you being careful?"

A few weeks ago Gary, Annette, and I participated in a metabolic test that gives the exact measurements we need to succeed. This test was graciously offered by the Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (NOMS) and spearheaded by Dr. Vaschack. I publicly want to thank the NOMS staff, the staff at the Northern Ohio Medical Fitness Center and Dr. Vaschack for offering the test.

The metabolic test precisely measures your body's caloric needs. It measures your body's specific daily caloric burn, then calculates how you should eat. The test breaks these measurements down into metabolic/caloric zones. The zones give you the calories you need each day to maintain your current weight, to lose weight and even calculates how many calories you would need each day to be in a medically supervised zone.

There's no way around it. For maximum weight loss, we need to burn more calories than we eat. This test gives you the metabolic/caloric zones to stay in to maximize your caloric burn each day. I suggest giving NOMS a call if you're interested in having the test done.

My zone for maximum weight loss is 1,038 to 1,296 per day.

I know Gary and Annette are thankful for having the opportunity to take part in the test, too. I know it's helped all of us to know our zones.