You wouldn’t drive your car for 5, 10 or 20 years without getting a checkup. So why would you do it to your body? It’s crucial to know your body’s condition to prevent three of America’s biggest killers – heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Here, Dr. Oz shares how to do so with 3 simple tests available through your doctor or pharmacist. Now more than ever, you have the power to detect and fight those diseases, improving your health and maybe even saving your life.
Test 1: A Comprehensive Weight and Fat Assessment
A comprehensive weight and fat assessment is more than just standing on a scale and counting the pounds. This seven-in-one test gives you insight into your overall health by measuring the following: Body Weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), Body Fat Percentage, Body Age, Resting Metabolism, Visceral Fat, and an important measurement that may be new to you, Skeletal Muscle. And while you may assume men are more concerned about muscle mass, knowing your percentage of skeletal muscle is just as crucial for women. In fact, skeletal muscle is the secret key to your body’s ability to burn fat over the long term and lose weight. Your doctor can tell you your ideal percentage based on a variety of factors, but generally women should shoot for close to 30%, while men should be closer to 35%. If your percentage is too low, it’s time to ramp up your muscle mass.
There are two great ways to build muscle for men and women. First, eat more eggs. One egg contains about 10% of your daily protein requirements – vital for building muscle – and is loaded with vitamins A, D and B12, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin. While most people think eggs are high in cholesterol, the amount contained in the yolk is actually negligible. To build even more muscle, add a creatine supplement to your daily shakes and smoothies. Consuming 2 grams of creatine a day while exercising provides your muscles with more energy, allowing them to grow as they’re pushed to work harder and longer. Put simply, the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn.