I have always had trouble losing weight. It’s a battle that is hard won no matter what the commercials for the latest fat burning pill or metabolism boosting supplements say. I have to keep telling myself that the solution will not come out of some cleverly packaged capsule or beautifully designed box. Such a shocking concept! I realized I couldn’t afford WeightWatchers anymore so I did a few things on my own. I joined myfitnesspal for the support, and started talking to my coworkers who I know were working on losing weight. I needed a program that would work for me with the amount of time I had available and hopefully get results I could see. I even talked to a personal trainer at my gym to see what he thought since I had been working out full tilt without seeing changes. He told me that I was probably working too hard and burning the wrong calories, carbohydrates instead of fat calories. I wasn’t about to brush off the type of advice I had been looking for, so I continued asking questions. Within 30 minutes I was signed up something I had never heard of before: New Leaf Metabolism testing.
I presented myself at the gym at the appointed hour, a time I often refer to as the butt crack of dawn, unsure what to expect. We sat down in a consultation room and talked about the program and what this test was about. Today we were going to do my resting metabolism test to determine how many calories I burn daily based on my lifestyle, height, and weight. The machine measures how much oxygen you inhale and how much carbon dioxide you exhale, so you have to wear a mask. In the interest of conquering my fat deposits, I decided to bite the bullet and get it over with. I wasn’t expecting it to look like some sort of fetish mask! It reminds me of the characters (called snowths apparently) from the Muppets that were in the Mahna Mahna song! I went through it, and the first test was just me sitting on a chair, breathing, for 20 minutes. Exciting right? I made the second appointment for later in the week, dreading having to exercise with the stupid thing on.