At Washington Nutrition and Counseling Group we offer 3 Nutrition Tests; METABOLISM TESTING to measure how efficient you burn calories, which results in determining the amount of calories therefore macronutrients you need to reach your weight goals. MICRONUTRIENT TESTING to assess your vitamin and mineral status, determining the amount of micronutrients; vitamins and minerals you need through food and possibly supplementation and The DEXA SCAN to analyze your bone density and body fat, which will help your dietitian nutritionist adjust your macro and micro nutrient recommendations. These three tests combined will help your licensed dietitian nutritionist develop a very comprehensive individualized nutrition treatment plan including the amount of calories, carbohydrates, protein and fats you need and vitamins and minerals through food and possibly supplementation to help you meet your specific weight, body composition and health goals.
All of our testing is performed at our Nutrition Assessment Center at our Alexandria Office Location. Your weight and body composition measurements will also be taken at any test at this location. You can also schedule a metabolism test with your dietitian nutritionist at your in-office nutrition counseling session, just let our receptionist know when you schedule your appointment.
Contact us to schedule one or all of the below nutrition tests.
If you want to lose weight or build muscle it is very important to know how many calories you need to maintain your weight based on your unique metabolism, so the amount of calories you need to lose or gain can be accurately determined. The metabolism test is a small hand-held device you breathe into while your nose is plugged. It takes about 10 minutes. It is not uncomfortable nor difficult to do – you just sit still and breathe. The results of the metabolism test will be explained and compared to an equation to determine how efficient your metabolism is at the time of service. Metabolism Testing can be done at your nutrition counseling appointment with your licensed dietitian nutritionist or at our Nutrition Assessment Center at our Alexandria Office Location.
If performed at our Nutrition Assessment Center this information will then be passed onto your dietitian nutritionist so she can provide you with a meal plan and/or meal plan guidance based around your calorie and macronutrient goals at your next nutrition counseling session.
METABOLISM TESTING (self – pay) ……………………………….………………… $75
If you have BCBS, AETNA, CIGNA or UNITED we will submit your visit to your insurance company. If your metabolism test is not covered 100 percent you will be charged the remaining balance for co-pays, co-insurance, or deductibles or if your insurance does not cover any portion of the test you will be charged the full self-pay rate.
Contact us to schedule a METABOLISM TEST at your in office nutrition counseling visit with your licensed dietitian nutritionist or at our Nutrition Assessment Center at our Alexandria Office Location.
Micronutrient testing is an assessment of your nutritional status; the functional level and capability of 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants present within white blood cells. Vitamins and minerals are absolutely essential for optimal health and metabolism. Even a slight vitamin, mineral, or antioxidant deficiency can contribute to degenerative processes. Our Micronutrient Test is done with a phlebotomist who will draw your blood during set hours at our Nutrition Assessment Center at our Alexandria office location or they can come to your home or place of work.
To schedule a blood draw appointment contact us. You will meet with your dietitian nutritionist 2 weeks after the blood draw at your nutrition counseling session at one of our office locations or virtually. At this time they will review the results and set you up on a supplement regimen with our line of professional-grade supplements.
Micronutrient Testing …..…………………………………………………………… $450
AETNA, BCBS and United
Micronutrient Testing …………………….………………………………………………… $550
SELF PAY and CIGNA
The DEXA SCAN is an enhanced form of x-ray technology and the GOLD STANDARD, meaning the most accurate method for registering fat and lean mass distribution throughout the entire body and as it quantifies your bone mass (to identify osteoporosis), and body fat including visceral fat (which correlates to your risk for hormonal imbalances and disease). After each scan it is recommend you work with your licensed dietitian nutritionist, so they can help you create a specific diet plan to improve your DEXA scan numbers which will result in improved body mass composition and enhanced overall health. The test is simple, non-invasive and relaxing, and the machine is very open as you lay down in our DEXA body scan machine for 5 minutes. This information will then be passed onto your dietitian nutritionist so she can provide you with meal plans and nutrition guidance to help you improve your DEXA SCAN results.
DEXA SCAN Precise Body Fat Measurement
What is a DEXA SCAN? DEXA is short for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. It is an enhanced form of x-ray technology and the GOLD STANDARD, meaning the most accurate method for…
View a Sample Test Micronutrient testing is an assessment of your nutritional status; the functional level and capability of 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants present within white blood cells….