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Are You a Fat or Sugar Burner? – Everything You Need to Know

Fat burner

Do you ever find yourself constantly feeling peckish and craving a snack, regardless of when or what you last ate? Maybe you find yourself constantly craving sweet and sugary foods and beverages that you know are no good for you, despite the fact you might be carrying excess body fat?

If the above scenarios sound familiar to you, the most likely reason for this is down to you being what is known as a ‘sugar burner’. But what does that mean? It simply means that your body is preferentially utilising carbohydrates (sugar) for energy, and you are not metabolic flexible.

Below we will dive a little deeper in the ins and out of sugar vs fat burning, if it’s possible to measure this and key things you can do to become a fat burner.

Fat burner

What is a sugar burner?

If you are a sugar burner, your primary source of energy is carbohydrates. 

When you consume high amounts of carbs your body’s metabolism will convert this as glycogen to be stored in your muscles, any left over will be stored as fat for future use. 

People who consume too many poor quality carbs such as highly refined sweat treats, white bread, pasta or white rice are at risk of a whole manner of potential health risks and complications.

Sugar burner
However don’t be mistaken, carbs are not the enemy here!!! 

It is more about the quality and timing of carbs which needs to be addressed and it is important to note that people who consume too little carbs are at risk of a whole manner of potential health risks and complications.

So what’s the sweat spot of carb consumption? Well it depends on a few things, including your total muscle mass, your activity level, MACROs needs, hormonal function and ability to recover from stressors. As you can see it would vary from person to person but getting the right balance means you become metabolically flexible. Bye bye sugar burning, hello fat burning!

Still not convinced you want to be a fat burner? Well it is well know that people who are consistently sugar burners can lead to an accumulation of free radicals triggering inflammation. It can lead insulin resistance which can promote obesity and put you at risk of diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Because of this, sugar burners often suffer with obesity, mood swings, headaches, joint pain, diabetes, irregular hormone levels, skin trouble, and other potentially serious health risks. Not ideal right?

Back to body composition… when a sugar burner loses weight, WEIGHT is the keyword here because sugar burners predominantly lose muscle not fat!

What is a fat burner?

Very simply put, fat burners use fat as energy, rather than sugar.

Being a fat burner is much healthier as it enables you to shed excess body fat, it keeps your daily energy levels balanced, it regulates your hormones, it regulates blood sugar levels, reduces disease risk, it promotes cognitive health and function, plus it helps improve satiety levels.

In summary fat burners are metabolically flexible, the ideal state to be in!

Fat burner

How to measure if you are burning fat or sugars?

Metabolic test

Aside from listening to your body for the subtle cues and feedback, 

you can use science to ACCURATELY
 measure you metabolism!

 In the Sport Science world it’s known as “Indirect calorimetry”, to everyone else its simply metabolic testing. To do the test, you simply breathe through a tube for 15 mins in a rested state.

Check out this 1 min explainer video to help you understand!


From the test you receive:

  1.         Your accurate resting metabolic rate,
  2.          Know if you have a slow, normal or fast metabolism AND
  3.          Know if you are a fat or sugar burner!

Metabolic test
Real example of RER measured through Metabolic Testing

Here are the numbers you want to interpret:

RER (Respiratory Exchange Ratio) values at rest will range from 7.0 – 1.0 the example above of 0.81 is a great results as this client is predominately utilising fat as a fuel source in a rested state. She will notice fat loss at your next DEXA scan and most likely retain lean muscle.

At this point the experts at Body Measure will not only interpret all the numbers but also give you realistic, recommendations based on your current situation.

Psst our passion and aim is to have EVERYONE walking around as fat burners… for good!

Metabolic test

How to become a fat burner

One of the biggest mistakes that people make as sugar burners when trying to make the transition to a fat burner, is cutting carbs completely. This won’t get you far.

Eliminating foods groups or proportions of macronutrients is not sustainable and can affect your long term health, making you feel unwell, low energy and will eventually lead to reduced metabolic function, through muscle loss.

Instead, there are more sustainable ways to transition from sugar to fat burning, looking at timing and type of carbohydrate consumption is a great starting point.

Introducing more complex carbs as a replacement for simple carbs will:

Carb cycling also plays a role in becoming a fat burner and being more metabolically flexible. By eating more carbs on training days and less on day when you are less active, will assist your body to utilise the correct fuel source at the appropriate time.

Being a fat burner is about making sustainable and healthy lifestyle and dietary changes, so be sure to eat healthy and wholesome foods, while getting plenty of exercise, and gradually making the transition.

Feeling motivated but not sure how to start? You might want to first learn what your metabolism is doing, you can do this with Metabolic Testing. Jump online to book an appointment with our experts at Body Measure Crows Nest or North Sydney to start the journey of becoming a fat burner, for good!

Emily Bojko – Sport Scientist 

Body Measure 

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Health Benefits When Fasting In Ramadan

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As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, many questions surface about the health benefits of fasting and how it could impact your body.

If you are not familiar with the practice of Ramadan, fasting is one of the many traditions or rituals that is carried out over 30 days.

Here is a quick definition:

A fasting person is not allowed to eat or drink anything from dawn until sunset. Depending on the region where you live, you might be fasting between 6 to 17 hours per day.

In this article, we will discuss the specific effects fasting has on weight loss and your body composition, focusing on fasting during Ramadan. As well as common mistakes made during the holy month.

Fasting Ramadan

How fasting in Ramadan leads to weight loss?

By excluding all foods during the fast, your body is forced to look at ways to supply energy for use throughout the day. The body achieves this by altering its hormones and liberating the energy in your fat stores.

When no food is consumed between dawn and sunset ones Insulin levels stay low. Outside the holy month, most people eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This means that they will experience 3 large spikes in insulin (as insulin is released when one consumes carbs and/ or protein at a meal). During Ramadan because of the fast, this does not happen. When the body has low insulin for a period of time it signals the body to burn its fat stores for fuel. This leads to fat loss!

Another surprising health benefit of fasting during Ramadan.

Fasting produces a process known as Autophagy! This is where the body breaks down and essentially eats old or sick cells of the body – to generate energy. This process occurs in all cells from an old skin cell to even a pre-cancer cell.

When autophagy occurs in the intestinal lining, the gut can get cleaned up and optimal functioning is more likely to occur.

In addition, when your digestive tract is empty, the composition of your gut microbiome can improve, leading to a better functioning gut! A health gut microbiome is essential for great digestion and health.

Muscle Growth during Ramadan

Counterintuitively the practice of fasting during Ramadan could also promote muscle growth when associated with the right workout routine. Prolonged fasts cause a spike in a hormone called Growth Hormone. And as the name suggests this hormone is involved in the muscle-building process! We recommend checking out the work of amanahfitness who is a big advocate of health and fitness, providing culturally-sensitive health solutions.

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At Body Measure, we recommend using DEXA to measure your body composition to know exactly the fat and muscle loss and ensure that weight loss is sustainable post the month of Ramadan.


Common mistakes

  • Not optimizing a healthy eating plan during eating windows of Ramadan.
  • Not participating in a structured exercise plan.
  • Not having a nutrition and exercise plan after the month of Ramadan.
  • Not accurately tracking.

Who should not fast?

While the vast majority of people can fast safely during Ramadan, there are still some contraindications to this practice.

One classic contraindication of fasting is having a concurrent medical condition that is being treated by a doctor. Before attempting to fast, you need to speak with your primary care physician or nutritionist to make sure that fasting will not exacerbate your condition.

Patients with diabetes may be particularly susceptible to the complications of fasting. Since you will not be consuming any food, your blood glucose levels may drop, which leads to many side effects, including distractibility and generalized fatigue.

Weight loss rebound

The weight loss that occurs during Ramadan can be temporary, and when you stop fasting after the month ends, some people can return to their pre-Ramadan weight and some may actually rebound and get a little heavier. The sudden return to your old dietary habits can easily lead to rapid weight gain. In addition, if there is a significant drop in muscle mass it may slow your metabolism which can lead to an increase in putting on fat!

In summary, there are many benefits of fasting Ramadan. If done correctly, fasting can lead to significant health benefits!

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Takeaway message

Fasting Ramadan can offer you several health benefits, especially when it comes to weight loss.

We hope that this article highlighted the potential benefits of fasting, remember if you want to optimize your success of fat loss during Ramadan, you may want to use our Body Measure metabolism tracking services. This will allow you to track your resting metabolic rate (RMR) and body composition through DEXA.

Learn more about this service by clicking on this link!

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Is Your Diet Ruining Your Metabolism?

Diet affecting metabolism

Many people, with the constant advise from many diet and health based media, opt for an extreme caloric deficit diet to lose weight. Unfortunately, being in too great of a deficit for your metabolism, can lead to muscle loss, which will slow down your metabolism.

See the thing is, when your metabolism slows down, you will regain weight and body fat even if you go back to consuming a “normal” diet.

Additionally, being sedentary is the number one enemy of your metabolism and movement is benefitial as it promotes muscle use! A slower metabolism translates into a decrease rate of lipolysis (i.e., fat burning) and increased proteolysis (i.e., muscle loss.)

Broken metabolism recommendations

The final result is more fat and less lean muscle.

The solution to this problem is to know exactly what your metabolism is, and then to see if it changes when you start your diet! The best way to do this is to get a scientific test called “Indirect Calorimetry”, or simply metabolic test at Body Measure.

So is your diet ruining your metabolism ? It certainly is if your calories are too low for your Resting Metabolic Rate!

In this article, we will cover the most effective way to maintain and boost your metabolism to burn more fat.


There are 4 ways to boost your RMR that would help you maintain a fast metabolism:

1. Watch what you eat

Consuming a diet that consists of fresh veggies, fruits, and whole grains will inadvertently boost your metabolism.

However, there are some specific foods that come with natural BMR-boosting properties, such as green tea.

When scientists investigated these claims, they identified active substances in tea known as catechins, which boost lipolysis during physical activity.

Tea also boosts RMR by getting rid of pro-inflammatory cytokines found in the gut flora and bloodstream.

As mentioned above, you also need to avoid severe caloric deficit as it slows down your metabolism.

 Previously, before metabolic machines existed like the one at body measure,to understand your “maintenance phase”, people measured the exact number of calories their body needed to remain stable.

Then they calculated the number of calories your body needs for safe weight loss by typically reducing that maintenance by 10 or 20%. This was very time consuming and often had unacceptable error rates.


By far, the best way to understand your bodies exact energy requirement for optimal function is by getting a metabolic test at Body Measure, which takes less than 15 minutes. This metabolic test will give you your Resting Metabolic rate and the exact calories needed weight loss, maintenance and even bulking! It will tell you also if your body is more suited to burning carbs or fats which has a big impact on your dieting strategies. You can even work out your MACROS with this information!

Mantaining fast metabolism

2. Stay active

Regular exercise is effective at increasing your metabolism.

More specifically, strength or resistance training is the best way to prevent muscle breakdown and fat deposition. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be!

3. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle

As we mentioned above, a sedentary lifestyle will significantly decrease your metabolism.

You can avoid this by including some healthy habits in your daily activity. For instance, instead of driving to your local grocery store, go for a walk. Also, you can trim your backyard yourself instead of hiring someone else to do it.

4. Take dietary supplements

Some dietary supplements showed impressive results in boosting RMR, including turmeric and ginger.

However, you need to make sure that the products you purchase are high-quality to reap these benefits.

Prior to going to a supplement plan it is essential to ensure you are initially addressing the “bigger picture” of nutrition. This means finding your appropriate energy balance, as mentioned earlier, this is understanding your total calories requirements for your exercise and movement patterns and understanding your correct MACRO ratios (amount of protein carbohydrates and fats) – we wont go into any more of this for now as “nutrition Vs supplements” is a discussion for another day.

Takeaway message

Choosing the right diet and calorie intake to maintain a fast metabolism is crucial for efficient weight loss. Metabolic testing is by far the most effective way to calculate your RMR.

We hope that this article managed to shed some light on the successful strategies to increase metabolism.

If you still have any questions about metabolism or BMR, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Check out our metabolic testing services by clicking on this link

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Can I start group training with the easing of restrictions in NSW?

Exercise and CoVid-19

What do the new easing of restrictions mean for YOUR HEALTH

After the announcement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison of a 3 step plan to reopen the nation, Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed that NSW will have some restrictions eased as of Friday 15th of May.

This does mean we can start hi-fiving each other after doing our HIIT sessions? Not quite. Social distancing and personal hygiene are not going anywhere anytime soon, however, there are some exciting easing of restrictions especially around your ability to get back to group training! INCLUDING:

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • use of outdoor equipment with caution
  • outdoor pools open with restrictions.

Read about the latest easing NSW restrictions on the NSW.Gov website.

Does the new easing of restrictions allow me to start back at my boot camp?


You can now train with up to 9 other people outdoors! Following social distancing guidelines ( ie no HI Fives) – thanks, Gladys! It’s time to bring out the leg warmers, puffer jackets, set some goals, and get back to outdoor group training.

You can now also use outdoor gym equipment and outdoor pools.

Be sure to still maintain a safe social distance just like the people at Vision Crows Nest have done in their outdoor group training sessions.


Where do I start on my health kick?

We get it, some people’s motivation levels to train have been low, as low as toilet paper in supermarkets.

If that sounds like you, in your current ISO situation, there is no need to punish yourself for being a bit lax, sometimes it’s nice to take a break from training. What is important to remember is that our bodies, mind, and mood will be happier the more we move. So let’s make a plan and find something that you can do even for 30 mins a day. 


Ease into it with realistic goals

Everyone’s activity levels vary, for some adding in another 30mins of moderate aerobic activity such as walking will be adequate. Others are almost at peak marathon pace. Find your sweet spot, and reassess every so often to ensure you keep building.  Try the Couch to 5k if you are getting back into running.

Our experts at Body Measure DEXA scanning Crows Nest will ensure you know your ideal body weight and an exact time frame to reach goals, with a sustainable program.

DID YOU KNOW? To maintain good health we need a combination of 2 ½  – 5 hours of moderate activity and 1 ¼ -2 ½ hours of vigorous activity plus 2 strength sessions per week.

Don’t forget the food plan!

Metabolic testing

Metabolic test at Body Measure

Metabolic test

80% happens in the kitchen, this couldn’t speak more truth, it’s no wonder we aren’t able to run off the bored, binge, and emotional eating.

Clean up your diet and the rest will fall into place.

We recommend performing a Metabolic test to find out if you are:

  • burning sugar or fat as a predominant fuel source,
  • know an EXACT calorie plan and
  • find out if your metabolism is slow, normal or fast.


DNA Testing

DNA testing at Body Measure

DNA test

It’s the DNA test at Body Measure Crows Nest, which provides you with your Macro-nutrient break down from your genetic profile.

You will also find out:

  • If you have more fast-twitch or slow-twitch muscle fibers,
  • Receive a comprehensive 8week diet plan and
  • A fitness plan, including instructional videos, set and rep ranges, even rest times.




Make it measurable

DEXA scanning

Body Measure DEXA scanning

Body Measure DEXA scanning

If you want to measure Visceral Fat levels, true body fat percentage and ensure you are making changes in the right direction – DEXA  scanning is the way to go. We all know home scales are child’s play, DEXA is the gold standard for testing body composition for a reason!

Along with tracking every few months with DEXA, the perfect way to do some additional at-home tracking is by measuring the circumference of the waist, arms, lower body hips, and quads.

Also calculating your hip to waist ratio



Visit the experts at Body Measure Crows Nest for research grade, scientific tests that will help you get to your health and fitness goals.

Contact us

Phone: 9460 8502

Email: Level 2a/ 378 Pacific Hwy, Crows Nest, NSW 2065

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The importance of Sleep on muscle gain.

Does sleep have any effect on your muscles?

Our Sports Scientists hear all the time from clients that their sleeping patterns are poor. Late nights out, working late, mind racing when your head hits the pillow etc. Can you relate?

It is very well known and documented that sleep plays a crucial part of humans’ general health and wellbeing. However, does sleep have any effect on muscle gain, retention or loss? Let’s dig deep and find out!

A number of studies have identified the importance of sleep on human hormonal balancing. When we sleep, our body releases anabolic hormones such as Testosterone & IGF-1 to aid the body in the recovery process. When sleep is insufficient, the release of these hormones is reduced which may lower the bodies’ ability to repair muscle or thus build muscle. So if you are doing regular strength training, but your sleep is compromised you could end up not getting those gains!

Studies have also shown that sleep is vital to make sure we don’t experience muscle atrophy (muscle break down). Lack of sleep will elevate hormones in our body, specifically CORTISOL. Cortisol is a stress hormone and when its elevated it has the effect of breaking down muscle tissue. This hormone is very Catabolic and reduces the rate of protein synthesis and inhibits muscle tissue growth.

So Elevated Cortisol = harder to gain muscle!!!

To reap the rewards of our hard work in the gym, you must get your sleep right.

The time in which we sleep directly influences cortisol levels as well! A number of studies have identified that individuals who slept during the day could not significantly reduce Cortisol levels when compared to people who slept during “regular” night hours. The conclusion of these studies stated that there is a direct correlation to cortisol secretion and our bodies natural clock (Circadian Rhythm) and it seems that catching up sleep the next day might not offset a bad night’s sleep.

To summarise, sleep plays a HUGE role in the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. LACK of sleep will contribute to breaking down your hard earned muscle! Sleep provides a state of recovery and repair for the body, allowing the “good” anabolic hormones to be secreted into the bloodstream and reducing the release of “bad” catabolic hormones.

Put your sleeping habits to the test with a DEXA scan and our experts will provide you with the advice you need to get to your goals!

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Light vs Heavy Weight

When asking individuals, “What is the best way to build muscle?” a common response would be that you HAVE to lift heavy weights! But is this true? A recent meta-analysis conducted by Schoenfield et al. 2016, aimed to find out if you could build muscles using lighter weights. Their conclusions may change the way in which you think about building your muscles.

The study involved two completely untrained groups (men); a “High-load” group were prescribed a moderate repetition range (6-8 reps) at more than 65% of 1rm (rep max) and a “Low-load” group who were delegated a higher repetition range (12+ reps) at less than 65% of 1rm. The results showed that both training groups experienced similar “Hypertrophy” (muscle growth) effects.

Schoenfield et al. 2016 concluded that the most influential factor to muscle gain is that of “Total-work volume” (reps x sets x weight) and if the total volume is similar in both training groups; similar muscle growth should be examined. Arguments arose as experts stated that the individuals that were used to undergo this study where just experiencing the “newbie” gains we obtain when untrained individuals begin weight training. They argued that as the individuals were “untrained” and had not been exposed to any form of resistance training previously; they would, therefore, have a greater muscle potential and a likelihood to respond to any form of training.

Schoenfield et al. 2016, responded to this and performed the same experiment with trained individuals – he got similar results! Equal muscle growth in both the heavy and lightweight groups.


So what does this mean for you?

Well, it means that if you love lifting heavy weights with low reps you should still go for it, but if you like lifting lighter weights with higher reps then you can do this and get the same muscle growth on your body!

Although imagine the effect of lifting both lighter weights vs heavyweights on the longevity of your being. The heavier we lift, the higher the risk of injury we may be exposed too. A big reason why we see some of our clients stall and go backwards in their body composition goals is from injury.

We often see injuries in our clients who are heavy lifters. Injuries are obviously counterproductive for regular training. This is not to say you powerlifters or individuals out there who do love to lift heavy should cease to train the way you enjoy, but mixing the training methods between the two may be beneficial to allow your Central Nervous System (CNS) to recovery from your heavy lifting sessions.

If you have any question about this article or your specific training program, you can speak more about this to our experts at the Crows Nest Clinic.

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Christmas Gift Vouchers.

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your partner, family member, colleague or that hard-to-buy-for friend?

Look no further than Gift Vouchers at Body Measure!

Choose from DEXA’s ($110), METABOLIC TEST ($150) or a range of package deals.

With the ease of phone payments and email options, this gift will be a winner for Christmas.A GIFT FOR YOU.png

Call 9460 8502 to arrange your voucher today.

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DEXA scans, what is the benefit of getting more than one scan?

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All of our clients at Body Measure know that DEXA scans are the gold standard for body composition. The most advanced technology giving you the most accurate representation of your current composition.

Your FIRST SCAN is your a base line. With this information our experts can calculate your ideal weight, the time in weeks to get there, and the muscle and fat changes you should be expecting! Also, and most importantly we get a measure of your VISCERAL fat levels (the bad fat!)

Your SECOND SCAN is crucial to your success, here you will find out how your body has actually responded to changes in diet, lifestyle or exercise. This is where we give you tailored diet and exercise advice to get you to your goals in the shortest time possible.

One of the most shocking things we find with the second DEXA scan is that the client is actually overtrained and they are losing too much muscle.

We see this a lot at Body Measure. When this occurs your body is not responding to your diet and workout protocols in a positive way and we need to address this immediately
These are usually the common reasons why:
🔹 Over training
🔹 Under eating
🔹 Not getting enough sleep
🔹 Gut / digestion issues
🔹 Simply run down

This is the most triumphant goal you could achieve!
If you are losing fat and increasing muscle at the same time your body is in an optimal state of change, the best advice we can give you know is to change NOTHING….. Here a client has hit the perfect balance of exercise and diet and needs to milk this as long as they can

We are lucky to have such amazing research grade technology available to the general public.

Use the science to your advantage, come visit our composition experts and let us get you to your goals faster!
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Body Measure podcast

adam-and-emilyAdam (owner) & Emily (sport scientist) from Body Measure were lucky enough to go one-on-one with Paul from the Shaw Show to create a podcast available to you, have a listen and let us know any questions or comments on what was discussed!

What you’ll learn from the episode:

  • Why everyone (not just athletes) should be getting a Dexa Scan as part of their health protocol.
  • How the DEXA scan information can help you.
  • Why the DEXA scanner is the Gold Standard in body composition & bone density testing.
  • What is metabolic testing and why is it so helpful in fat-loss and performance improvement.
  • Why weight & BMI are such redundant and ineffective measurements.
  • The importance of sunshine, sleep and stress management in weight and health management.
  • The role hormones, specifically cortisol, play in weight and health management.
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Finding motivation in fat facts- Bringing Sexy Back!

When Paula Beckton was selected as a contestant on Channel 7’s Bringing Sexy Back, she weighed 101 kilograms. However, Paula had convinced herself that the figure was only a number. It was only when she had her first DEXA scan, and was confronted with the facts about her body composition behind it, that Paula had what she called her moment of truth:

“The DEXA scan revealed the true me. Knowing and facing the damage I was doing inside was really important and a pivotal point. You don’t actually know that when you weigh yourself on the scales at home. Seeing the DEXA scan imaging of the amount of fat I had on my body was quite confronting, I think on the show I said that it was “really gross” and I can’t deny that it was shocking. I could see how much my weight gain had affected my health and how poor a role model I was being for my children.”

Paula reviews her Dexa Scan on Channel Seven’s Bringing Sexy Back


Starting her journey with a DEXA scan and being provided with detailed body composition data was a key motivational tool for Paula. “Having a DEXA scan at the start really sets the pace and allows you to be very clear on what your starting point is and what you want to get away from being.”

As most overweight people who’ve tried to make lifestyle changes know, it can be tough. Maintaining motivation and momentum to lose weight is difficult when the number on your bathroom scales is barely shifting.

Paula was able to bypass this frustration, thanks to regular DEXA scans to review her body composition. The scans empowered Paula with critical information on maintaining momentum, keeping her focused on her journey towards a more ideal weight.

“When you lose weight, you sometimes don’t see yourself how much weight you have lost. You might think, oh, I’ve only lost 12 kilograms, but with the DEXA scan showing me what that loss of 12 kilograms actually means in regards to health and not just weight, it really gave me a mental edge to continue to work towards my goals,” says Paula.

Paula’s weight loss transformation!


Thanks to Bringing Sexy Back and the insights provided by DEXA scans, Paula has been able to make significant lifestyle changes – all while managing the regular challenges of daily life.

“I made this work, I wasn’t locked away for three months. I had all my usual responsibilities as a mother, a wife, and a business owner. I worked, I cooked, I cleaned and did all the normal things that a working mother of four kids does. My exercise regime consisted of 20 minutes in the morning on a cross trainer as that was all the time I had available to me, so I made the most of those 20 minutes every day.

“I had tried and failed at so many diets in the past – otherwise I wouldn’t have reached 101 kilograms! I knew that this time around any changes would need to be sustainable in the overall context of my life.”

With four children, Paula was motivated to improve her own health so that she could continue to be present in their lives and able to keep up with them. “My kids’ obvious pride in me being healthy is a great feeling and knowing that their little arms came closer and closer together when they hug me is fantastic.”

Yet, with juggling four children and a busy work life, Paula had to recognise that one of the most important factors in her success was self-motivation and a willingness to put herself first.

“I had to commit to myself that there would not be anything that was going to stop me, not even the repertoire of excuses I had from past efforts. I needed to make the right choices for myself, and not just for the kids.”

The experience of appearing on Bringing Sexy Back and the empowering information from the DEXA scans, has been a life-changing experience for Paula.

“I have made a healthy lifestyle change and it was such a wonderful opportunity. I would strongly encourage others to take the steps to jump start their new life and embrace living, truly living, a new healthier lifestyle towards health and fitness.”