Body Fat Loss Formula

by Carla Sottovia |   Date Released : 19 Dec 2002
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Carla Sottovia

About the author: Carla Sottovia

With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Carla Sottovia has helped individuals achieve a path of personal wellness, improved fitness, and overall quality of life – “My goal is to instill the importance of Fitness/Wellness in client’s lives much like brushing one’s teeth, eating, and sleeping. It is also to educate clients that an individual does not need to be an athlete in order to achieve their inner strength or personal best, and ultimately they can improve their quality of life through an active life-style”.

Dr. Sottovia is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received a B.S. in Physical Education from the State University of Brockport, NY (1985); followed by an M.A. in Exercise Physiology from San Jose State University, CA (1990), and her Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman’s University, TX (2002). She holds several Advance personal training certifications in the areas of Functional Movement training & Assessments, Pilates Training, Optimal Flexibility, Vibration Training, Post-injury/Preventive exercise intervention; youth training; sports specific coaching (Running, Swimming & Triathlon). She is also a licensed Wellness Coach and Adjunct instructor (The Cooper Institute) in addition to be the official instructor/representative of the FMS System in Brazil.

Dr. Sottovia is an avid triathlete/runner having completed more than 50 triathlons including 3 Ironman Distance Triathlons (Hawaii, Germany, Brazil). She holds a PR of 3hrs. 26 min (Boston Marathon). She is also a published author – Energy Substrate:Truths and Misconceptions, 06”

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Horning, James | 24 Apr 2009, 07:26 AM

That's a new one, in my opinion. 8 weeks before any change in body fat? Did I read that right? I've been a trainer for many years and grew up in a fitness family before that (WAY before fitness was mainstream). I have to say that body fat percentage changes are clearly seen in a 4 week time when the training is done right and with a true grip on proper nutrition. This article is setting a tame standard and pushing a view that has been proven wrong by many a fitness professional.

Furthermore, the statement, "So, if re-assessing the client, he or she needs to be over that four percent error in order for the measurement to be accurate" has to be one of the biggest misunderstandings of proper assessment ever. Of course there is a margin of error. Unless you cut the client open everything is a relative guesstimation; however, the margin of error is to be considered with EVERY reading. You don't just "get past" the error margin and then begin figuring body fat.

Good grief, I hope I misread this article; I'll come back and read it later just to be sure. Truth is, it most certainly does not take 8 weeks before noticing a body fat percentage decrease...not when training correctly.

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