The Regional Adipose Tissue Deposit Profile is a Six Sigma Fitness™ proprietary methodology. It is a 12 site handheld ultrasound or caliper assessment and is a core critical starting point to create a baseline, establish next methodologies and create a plan to work from, but it is far from being the only tool in the practitioner’s bag. That being said it is the Six Sigma Fitness™cornerstone method and proprietary algorithm that creates the main starting point for everything else we apply and integrate. It forms the foundation for the Six Sigma Fitness™ program.
The 12 site methodology utilizes the 7 site JP body composition formula, based on the scientific research of Dr. Andrew Jackson and M. L. Pollock developed in 1978. In addition, in the RATDP all 12 sites are considered individually and in comparison to all other sites to determine the actual fat deposit profile of each individual. After carefully calculating a variance of each site to all other sites and applying an intelligent algorithm to determine where body fat is accumulating and prioritizing the deposits or depots, we apply artificial intelligence to compare the most recent research on the subject of adipose tissue deposit profiles to determine the most likely affects and remedies to return body weight to normal.
The overall JP formula gives us a body composition based on a measure of central tendency, which is essentially an average of all the sites. This is a weaker standard of overall health than considering the various fat depositions individually. When it comes to measuring body fat the measure of the spread or dispersion is a better indication of overall health issues. This spread can help us understand the standard deviation from the norms, as it is this deviation that indicates how far the individual may be from achieving an ideal measurement.
For example, an individual with very skinny arms and legs but a larger belly fat deposit may indeed display normal or slightly elevated body composition and still appear within the norms due to the averaging of the body composition formula. But this type of body fat deposition when considered individually and not in totality as an average could be a sign of Cushing's syndrome which is a disorder caused by the body's exposure to an excess of the hormone cortisol. Mayo Clinic Cushing syndrome Also called: hypercortisolism
The following are the main 12 sites that are included within the proprietary algorithm. There are 2 sites, the cheek and the chin that are optionally tracked as markers for weight changes but do not factor into the formulas.
Standardizing your tools to craft more detailed programs is important to establishing a common set of methods an entire team works from and that you can communicate and market to the client or athlete. It forms a system or group of processes that can be articulated as well as a unique approach or protocol that stands out from the rest of the industry. The Six Sigma Fitness™ framework is a standardized and accepted method of approaching a problem and creating a solution and the Regional Adipose Tissue Deposit Profile is a first level methodology to create the foundation from which all the other solutions are derived from.