Fit For Surgery, Fit For Life

Fit For Surgery, Fit For Life

The Whanganui District Health Board, in partnership with Sport Whanganui, recently launched a new initiative called Fit For Surgery, Fit For Life.

Fit For Surgery, Fit For Life is an incredible program that helps support people both pre & post surgery and encourages a lifestyle change for those who are overweight to help them reduce their weight and lift their fitness levels for surgery, while continuing to encourage and maintain these changes for the rest of their life.

The InBody 570 will be used throughout the process as a means to measure and track changes in body composition throughout the process. This new initiative has the potential to become implemented in other health sectors in New Zealand and InBody Body Composition Analysers are excited to be a part of the journey.

Sport Whanganui – Fit For Surgery, Fit For Life

InBody 570 has been instrumental in providing support and service for Sport Whanganui and the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB), to deliver a new initiative that has potential to become implemented in other health sectors in New Zealand.

The Whanganui District Health Board, in partnership with Sport Whanganui, launched a new initiative called Fit For Surgery, Fit For Life. It is a programme to support people through their journey pre and post-surgery and bring about a lifestyle change that will see significantly overweight patients reduce their weight and lift their fitness levels for surgery while continuing to encourage and maintain these changes for the rest of their life. Having surgery is tough on your body and it takes a team approach to make sure surgery and recovery is successful with little or no complications. How people look after their body before surgery is important.

The criteria for Fit For Surgery is a simple criteria of height / weight and >40 BMI. However, while developing this new initiative with the Whanganui District Health Board, Sport Whanganui wanted to be able to capture more than just a person’s base line information. The InBody 570 provides this and much more relevant information and data with a comprehensive view of the body composition such as skeletal muscle, measurements, Body Balance, Visceral fat, body water, proteins, minerals, and body fat, all components of the human body closely relate to the status of our health.

The InBody scan is a non-threatening, non-evasive procedure for the person, provides viable data for continued control and information of health in preoperative and post-operative care of people who are registered on the Fit For Surgery programme.

The InBody 570 provides ‘real time’ data that is accurate and precise. This collection of data has been an influential asset that compliments Fit For Surgery, providing the necessary evidence for quantitative research and evaluation, but also providing accurate documentation for Doctors / General Practitioners / Anaesthetists and Specialists.
With the use of the InBody, Fit For Surgery can work with people, inspire them, set goals and build an individual care plan allowing for review of person’s progress and any further support if required. The InBody 570 is a valuable motivational asset for the client.

Sport Whanganui – Fit For Surgery, Fit For Life

Christine Taylor (Registered Nurse) – Sport Whanganui

Marco Meijer (Head Anaesthetist) – Whanganui District Health Board

Danny Jonas (Chief Executive) – Sport Whanganui

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“If I’m honest, my weigh in scan was a bit of a shock”

“If I’m honest, my weigh in scan was a bit of a shock”

Alex Lyons is a beautiful, inspiring Mum from the Sunshine Coast, you can follow her journey over on Instagram. Alex recently completed her first 8 week challenge with F45 Training Sippy Downs, below we share her motivating transformation story, how she lost 7.6kg of body fat mass in just 8 weeks and reduced her visceral fat level from 9 down to 6. Alex also shares how she used her InBody results to stay on track during the 8 week challenge.

After the birth of my second daughter back in 2014 I weighed in at 115kg (my heaviest was 125kg). I was breathless all the time, grossly unhappy with my appearance and was pre-diabetic. I had always had an emotional relationship with food and at that particular time in my life when I was struggling to breastfeed my newborn baby, food felt like a familiar friend who wouldn’t let me down. I was caught in a cycle of constant grazing on high calorie foods in an attempt to boost my milk production and to try and make myself feel better about feeling like my body had failed me. Instead my weight ballooned, and my mood spiraled further. I felt trapped in a body that didn’t match the person inside. My light bulb moment came when my youngest daughter was 5 months old. I’d gained at least 15 kilos (taking an already overweight me, to an even bigger me) in the time since she was born. I saw a photo of myself and I looked unrecognisable. It was then that I needed to do something about my weight.

“I’d heard lots of interesting things about body scans and their ability to precisely record your body composition but at the time I made sure to steer well clear of them out of fear that they would tell me the cold hard truth (that I was drastically and dangerously overweight).”

When I first began my weight loss journey 5 years ago, I started by doing a moderate level of exercise, like walking coupled with a nutrition protocol which aimed to reset my metabolism for life. After shedding the first 35kg I ended up practicing aerial yoga and Aerial Silks/Lyra at CircStudios on the Sunshine Coast, up to 10 hours per week, and had fallen so in love with the practice that the owners trained me up to be a Level 2 Certified AntiGravity instructor – where I still teach today. Moving my body on a daily basis was so instrumental to my positive mindset and I quickly saw the effects on my mood if I skipped a session.

Fast forward to July this year, I decided to really kick it up a notch to lose those last extra kilos that just wouldn’t budge and I made some pretty drastic changes at first. Firstly, I went on Be Fit Food’s Be Rapid meal plan for 8 weeks, and signed up for an 8-week challenge at my local F45 studio. During my time on Be Fit Food, I trained at F45 five times a week, in addition to teaching and practicing Aerial Yoga as usual.

Before the 8 Week Challenge began I had in my head that I wanted to lose 5 or so kilos. I had considered myself fairly fit, and eagerly awaited my first InBody scan. What I didn’t expect was it to tell me that I still had 8-10kg of pure fat to lose. If I’m honest, my weigh in scan was a bit of a shock. I’d been working fairly consistently over the last couple of years so I had developed a good amount of lean muscle mass, but my diet had become a little lax which contributed to those extra kilos.

“As the weeks on the Challenge rolled by I made sure to book in for the midway scan. I’m a really visual person so seeing the changes in the figures really helped to motivate me!”

Having my initial and midway scan only 20 days apart I was so shocked – albeit thrilled, to see such massive and positive changes in my body composition in such a short time. In those nearly 3 weeks by dedicating myself 100% to the Challenge and my nutrition I’d managed to lose 4.2% body fat, gain 400g of lean muscle mass, and drop 2 levels of visceral fat.

The changes to my body composition didn’t stop there though and armed with my midway scan I set my sights on bettering my results for the second half of the Challenge.

In the last 4 weeks I trained harder and kept my nutrition clean, and again at the final Challenge weigh in I was rewarded with my results. I’d dropped a further 4% body fat and maintained my muscle mass – no easy feat when you’re eating in a caloric deficit. My visceral fat level dropped a further point and over the 8 weeks I took my total InBody score from 79 points up to 86.

With my past weight loss efforts I had been used to weighing myself daily to look for inflammatory responses in my body – but my bathroom scales only provided me with an overall weight. They didn’t account for the extra skin on my tummy that I’m left with from being so overweight for so long, or the water retention on any given day depending on where I am in my cycle. Nor do they show me the breakdown in my lean muscle mass vs my body fat mass. This affected my mental health and has lead to some pretty compulsive behaviours – a behaviour that I’m trying very hard to break, and behaviours that I’m thrilled to say have less of a grip on me now that I can see my composition breakdown.

InBody scans I have had have helped me to understand more about my body and has shown me now that my above average BMI means nothing when it comes to my health. My BMI is above average because of all that glorious muscle, not because of my fat mass.

“InBody scans will become part of my new normal as I track my progress towards a leaner and stronger body and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the next 8 Week Challenge!”

In the last 4 weeks I trained harder and kept my nutrition clean, and again at the final Challenge weigh in I was rewarded with my results. I’d dropped a further 4% body fat and maintained my muscle mass – no easy feat when you’re eating in a caloric deficit. My visceral fat level dropped a further point and over the 8 weeks I took my total InBody score from 79 points up to 86.

With my past weight loss efforts I had been used to weighing myself daily to look for inflammatory responses in my body – but my bathroom scales only provided me with an overall weight. They didn’t account for the extra skin on my tummy that I’m left with from being so overweight for so long, or the water retention on any given day depending on where I am in my cycle. Nor do they show me the breakdown in my lean muscle mass vs my body fat mass. This affected my mental health and has lead to some pretty compulsive behaviours – a behaviour that I’m trying very hard to break, and behaviours that I’m thrilled to say have less of a grip on me now that I can see my composition breakdown.

InBody scans I have had have helped me to understand more about my body and has shown me now that my above average BMI means nothing when it comes to my health. My BMI is above average because of all that glorious muscle, not because of my fat mass.

“InBody scans will become part of my new normal as I track my progress towards a leaner and stronger body and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the next 8 Week Challenge!”

With my past weight loss efforts I had been used to weighing myself daily to look for inflammatory responses in my body – but my bathroom scales only provided me with an overall weight. They didn’t account for the extra skin on my tummy that I’m left with from being so overweight for so long, or the water retention on any given day depending on where I am in my cycle. Nor do they show me the breakdown in my lean muscle mass vs my body fat mass. This affected my mental health and has lead to some pretty compulsive behaviours – a behaviour that I’m trying very hard to break, and behaviours that I’m thrilled to say have less of a grip on me now that I can see my composition breakdown.

InBody scans I have had have helped me to understand more about my body and has shown me now that my above average BMI means nothing when it comes to my health. My BMI is above average because of all that glorious muscle, not because of my fat mass.

“InBody scans will become part of my new normal as I track my progress towards a leaner and stronger body and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the next 8 Week Challenge!”

In the last 4 weeks I trained harder and kept my nutrition clean, and again at the final Challenge weigh in I was rewarded with my results. I’d dropped a further 4% body fat and maintained my muscle mass – no easy feat when you’re eating in a caloric deficit. My visceral fat level dropped a further point and over the 8 weeks I took my total InBody score from 79 points up to 86.

With my past weight loss efforts I had been used to weighing myself daily to look for inflammatory responses in my body – but my bathroom scales only provided me with an overall weight. They didn’t account for the extra skin on my tummy that I’m left with from being so overweight for so long, or the water retention on any given day depending on where I am in my cycle. Nor do they show me the breakdown in my lean muscle mass vs my body fat mass. This affected my mental health and has lead to some pretty compulsive behaviours – a behaviour that I’m trying very hard to break, and behaviours that I’m thrilled to say have less of a grip on me now that I can see my composition breakdown.

InBody scans I have had have helped me to understand more about my body and has shown me now that my above average BMI means nothing when it comes to my health. My BMI is above average because of all that glorious muscle, not because of my fat mass.

Start of Challenge Scan End of Challenge Scan

With my past weight loss efforts I had been used to weighing myself daily to look for inflammatory responses in my body – but my bathroom scales only provided me with an overall weight. They didn’t account for the extra skin on my tummy that I’m left with from being so overweight for so long, or the water retention on any given day depending on where I am in my cycle. Nor do they show me the breakdown in my lean muscle mass vs my body fat mass. This affected my mental health and has lead to some pretty compulsive behaviours – a behaviour that I’m trying very hard to break, and behaviours that I’m thrilled to say have less of a grip on me now that I can see my composition breakdown.

InBody scans I have had have helped me to understand more about my body and has shown me now that my above average BMI means nothing when it comes to my health. My BMI is above average because of all that glorious muscle, not because of my fat mass.

Arthur: Alex Lyons

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