Roberta Stanwood worked out her entire life, but when menopause hit, things changed.
"What I had been doing wasn't working any more. It was very frustrating. I was gaining weight, gaining weight, gaining weight, and really trying to workout and be careful. In that year that nothing was working, I put on about twenty pounds," she explained.
So, she enlisted nutritionist Christina Elder and personal trainer Kinsey Cave for help.
"We see it all the time, whether it's a significant amount of weight loss and it's down to the last ten pounds or it's somebody who's experienced hormonal changes and they've put on five or ten pounds and cannot get it off no matter what they do," Kinsey says.
"They hit the dreaded plateau and you have to change your nutrition. You have to tweak your workouts a little bit, up the intensity. A lot of times, they don't know how to do this, and that's where our tests come in," adds Christina.
The first test is the resting metabolic rate, which measures the number of calories the body burns at rest. From this information, Christina determines nutrition plan for Roberta.
Roberta alters her food plan and now she eats a well-balanced meal of carbohydrates, protein, and fat every two to four hours.
"I have such variety in my diet. I'm so happy with the food that I eat. And, I also got the My Fitness Pal, which is a fitness app that Christina told me about that. You just track the calories you eat every day," she explains.
Next, is the VO2 Test. Kinsey explains, "The VO2 -- it stands for volume of oxygen, so what the test measures is the maximum amount of oxygen your body takes in at peak exercise. And then at that point, we get the print out. It tells how many calories per hour you're burning at each heart rate range, and from there, we can create an individualized cardio program to get the results that you want."
Roberta got her workout, the tools she needed to succeed, and now she feels like her old self!