Case study ( 2050 views as of March 21, 2018 )
Karen is a busy mom of two who works from home as an editor. She has been following a strict eating and exercise plan that she copied from a popular TV health show but has not been successful in her weight loss efforts. Her goal has been to lose 15 lbs and 3 inches from her waist.
Her current measurements include a weight of 163 lbs, height of 168 cm, and a waist circumference of 38 inches.
Karen ensures that she eats within 30 minutes of waking up and then eats a small meal or snack of 200-300 kcal every 3 hours. She eats yogurt and a granola bar for breakfast, has fruit or air-popped popcorn for snacks, various soups for lunch, and a small portion of protein with vegetables for dinner. Karen keeps her total caloric intake to 1500 kcal per day.
Karen goes to the gym 3 days a week and focuses on cardio activities such as the elliptical trainer and recumbent bikes. With her sedentary job, she is always looking for ways to increase her activity through the day. She ensures she gets up every hour and tries to do 10 minutes of stair climbing, walking or dancing at each break. She also wears a step counter to compare her daily activity.
Karen recently saw her family physician who suggested that although she is doing everything right, she may be battling a slow metabolism. After testing her thyroid levels and finding normal results, the physician suggests speaking with a dietitian to re-assess her diet and provide tips to help stimulate her metabolism. In addition to dietary changes, the physician also suggests seeing a personal trainer to provide some muscle building activities into her workout plan which will further boost Karen's metabolism.Author: Ms. Sarah Ware