Weight loss and health products are often associated with unfounded hype.
Lumen, a high-tech solution to help manage the body’s ability to control weight and nutritional awareness, puts the science that supports the product that tracks its metabolism first and central.
In 2014, twin sisters Michal and Merav Mor, two Iron Man winners, each with a PhD in physiology, co-founded Metaflow Ltd., the company behind the Lumen device and application. They are respectively the head of the product science department and the head of the research and science department.
The sisters worked with entrepreneurs to build a team of nutritionists, engineers and designers with a passion for solving real-world health and physical problems using Lumen devices. Their development team devised a system that for years helped athletes achieve the highest achievement.
Combined with the iOS or Android app, the process of measuring metabolism through breathing and building personalized daily meal plans based on your metabolic data to help you lose weight and optimize your workouts.
Their vision is to revolutionize the way we approach weight management by focusing on metabolism as the starting point for balanced and personalized daily nutrition. The Lumen device measures metabolism to assess a person’s fuel use.
This is not a new idea. For many years, athletes and medical facilities focused on using the ratio of carbon dioxide (CO2) to oxygen (O2) consumed. But until the Mor sisters perfect their Lumen approach, measuring that proportion requires a person to stay in the car or metabolic chamber for up to 60 minutes.
It takes a trained student to analyze those results. Lumen’s patent-pending technology reduces the time it takes to measure metabolic fuel use from 60 minutes to one breath.
Lumen is an impressive product with even more impressive results. Weight control may be its main focus; however, anyone who wants to monitor their overall health and alertness can gain personal insight from examining it.
Highlights of Lumen
Using Lumen is relatively easy. Although preparing a Lumen breathing apparatus and adjusting your thinking can be a bigger challenge. Like any other exercise and wellness regimen, you must commit to perseverance.
Lumen is a serious business. A breathing device is not a toy. Nor is the app that comes with it being children’s games.
Start breathing Lumen every morning to get a new measurement of the carbon dioxide levels in your body to see what fuel your body is using in real time. Then, check out the Lumen app for your daily metabolic measurements to assess your progress.
The initial app setup allows you to choose your goals and focus areas. These choices help you choose your main focus: weight loss, fitness performance, or metabolic health. You can switch your focus at any time.
Then there are the breathing exercises. This is the most important part of the original setup. For me, that’s the most annoying part. I couldn’t have breathing in the first place.
Learn how to use important breathing.
Obviously, I’m not the only new Lumen user with that problem. The entire repeating practice session is integrated into the initialization process.
Dynamic training reminders keep you at that stage in the app. Until you get it right, you can’t conduct a breath analysis process.
What makes it difficult? Learn how to inhale through the Lumen device. Next, learn to hold your breath for 10 seconds.
That task must be performed with no meaningful accuracy until your brain finds out what you don’t consciously realize. You must keep your breathing in a deliberate and controlled manner.
The third part of the setup is to exhale your holding breath through the Lumen mouthpiece. The trick is to keep a ball displayed in the gray center of the progress bar on the app screen. Whether you perform quickly or slowly, plus the level of breathing you apply, is an important part of the solution.
Application training requirements
It’s hard not to be disappointed. The booklet starts quickly and the Lumen app warns you of the three-part process that needs to be practiced to get the perfect Lumen metabolism measurements.
“It can be a bit difficult at first, but with a little practice, you’ll become a professional!” encourages the practice.
The easiest part of the warm-up process for me was pairing the Lumen mouthpiece device with the Lumen metering app. Hey, I’m a tech guy by nature.
However, those who are not knowledgeable about technology will have no problems. To turn on the device, simply press a button. Lumen’s face flashed to confirm the pairing. The way is so simple!
Master practice sessions to proceed beyond the initial metabolic measurements. That’s the hard part.
According to Science
The purpose of all this? Making accurate metabolic measurements every morning is essential to your success. This level of Lumen tells you what your body is burning for fuel so the app can help you build a custom nutrition plan based on your own unique breathing signs.
According to Lumen developers, each person has a unique CO2 range. You can track the progress of your breath notation to understand your metabolic CO2 range on the Today tab in the app. The higher your breathing signals, the more progress you make in terms of your overall health and nutrition.
It takes time for the Lumen system to measure your progress. Lumen need two weeks for the accumulated Lumen Flex characteristics to progress.
To get the best and most accurate results, take the time to import your food and workout preferences. Other “get to know you” categories include your sleep schedule and target weight.
In the settings section of the Lumen app menu, you can allow Google Fit data to be integrated along with certain Garmin devices. Of course, you don’t need these other devices to benefit from Lumen’s metabolic training.
You can set the app to send you reminders or notifications to analyze your breathing in the morning, daily workouts, and nutrition reminders.
You can also set boost day reminders and Bedtimes. The app can also submit multiple coaching recommendations your way based on analytical trends reflected in your readings and results.
One of the main measurement cycles is the Lumen Flex. Your first flexible point is created after using the Lumen system for two weeks. The score indicates whether you have a low, medium or high level of metabolic flexibility based on a seven-point difference of 0 to 21.
Improving your flexible score is key to improving your performance and weight control. This is an analysis of how your body handles the balance of carbs and fat. After the first two weeks, your flexible score updates weekly.
The goal is to develop a flexible metabolism that allows your body to effectively switch between using carbs and fat as a fuel supply according to your body’s needs.
I have noted earlier that all breath analysis based on this science requires commitment. Using Lumen arbitrarily will not bring the highest results. The desire to be in charge of your metabolism can be nurtured by the cost of this product.
Lumen currently costs between US$249 and US$349 and as stated on its website, which comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, no questions are asked. It is equipped with travel holsters, charging docks, USB-C cables and high-end customer support.
Users can download the app for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
The accompanying document details scientific studies that support the research and development of the metabolic measurement process of the Lumen device.
Lumen claims that one million monthly metabolic measurements prove Lumen users can:
Lose an average of 1.5 pounds of weight per week on a consistent basis
Improves metabolic flexibility by 66 percent
Improve fasting windows to 12 hours daily
Increase daily movement to 1,000 steps