Originally from Adelaide, Verity spent 15 years living in the UK, and in London for 8 of those years where she gained degrees in Media Technology and Computing Science and worked as a test engineer for a broadcasting company.
In 2008 Verity experienced the transformative effect that exercise and nature can have after learning to surf on a volunteer trip to Costa Rica. Following 6 weeks of surfing almost every day she returned with her body and health transformed, and as a result had to buy a whole new set of clothes due to weight loss.
Verity maintained her active lifestyle, swapped office work for the outdoors and after several summers working as a surf instructor to fund her travel adventures, moved back to Australia to study Exercise Science.
Things changed again for Verity when she attended her first PSYCH-K® workshop, discovered the power of subconscious beliefs and experienced a massive positive shift in her physical and mental health. She has since completed all of the PSYCH-K® Facilitator workshops and programs and is now loving helping people take control of their health and wellbeing with these powerful tools.
PSYCH-K® Facilitator, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, ESSAM
M: 0423 165 236
Metabolic Testing Service Info:
What is Metabolism?
Metabolism is all of the chemical reactions and physiological processes that keep us live. All of these processes require energy which is produced by burning, or oxidising, fuels that we eat, which are carbohydrates, fat and protein. Like when burning any fuel, oxygen is consumed and carbon dioxide is produced. By measuring the amount of oxygen breathed in and carbon dioxide expired (gas exchange) we can calculate the amount of energy your body is using, and also the type of fuel that is running it.
Resting Metabolic Rate
We look at your metabolism in two different states: resting and exercising. Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) represents 60-75% of your total daily energy expenditure. When measuring metabolic rate in a fasted state, e.g. before breakfast, your body will either be burning fat or carbohydrate, in the form of glucose. Ideally, the majority of your energy at rest would be produced by burning fat, reserving your carbohydrate stores for when your energy demands are higher. Unfortunately, factors such as diet, lifestyle and genetics can impact your ability to burn fat and make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight.
During exercise the energy demand increases, and so does the amount of fat that is burnt. As the intensity of exercise increases, progressively more glucose will be added to the mix as the energy requirements cannot be met by fat metabolism alone, and at high intensities the amount of fat being metabolised is little to none.
As the intensity increases, a point will be reached where the oxygen supplied can’t keep up with the demand from the exercising muscles, and an increasing proportion of energy will be produced anaerobically (without oxygen). When energy is produced anaerobically, an acidic environment is produced which results in the fatigue and breathlessness that you may have experienced after a heavy training session. This point is called the anaerobic threshold (AT).
If you continue to exercise at increasing intensities, you will soon reach the point where you can’t go any harder, and become exhausted. The amount of oxygen consumed at this point is referred to as your VO 2Max , and represents the maximum amount of oxygen that can be delivered to and used by the working muscles. It reflects the ability of multiple systems including pulmonary (lungs), cardiovascular (heart, arteries and blood vessels) and musculoskeletal systems.
Weight Loss and Management
By measuring your RMR and identifying your fuel sources we can then work to optimise your energy production and get to the root cause of your issue. Your RMR can also be used to quantify how many calories you should be eating according to your goals. By measuring the gas exchange during an exercise test where the intensity is gradually increased, we can pinpoint the intensity where fat burning is greatest, allowing you to make the most out of your exercise sessions.
Metabolic testing can give you the tools to take your performance to the next level. Heart rate training zones calculated using standard formulas are rarely accurate, resulting in inefficient training. The heart rate thresholds determined from testing can be used to develop tailor-made diet and effective training plans to improve your fat metabolism, anaerobic threshold and VO 2Max , which translate into improved endurance performance.
Your metabolism provides your body with energy to think, breathe, move, eat and digest food, eliminate waste, fight off infections, repair, make hormones and every other process that occurs in order to keep your body healthy. The majority of this energy is made aerobically from burning fat in the mitochondria (the powerplants of cells), and is reflected in your RMR, AT and VO 2Max values. While these values can be optimised, they inevitably decline with age. By comparing your values to those of healthy individuals from different age groups you can get an idea of your biological age, as opposed to your chronological age. By optimising your fat metabolism and mitochondrial function you can lower your biological age, which may decrease your risk of age-related disease.
Repeat testing can show the effectiveness of any medical, exercise or dietary interventions.