Resting Metabolic Rate
Resting metabolic rate is the amount of calories your body requires to function at rest. Knowing this number allows you to ensure adequate calories are consumed throughout the day. Eating below your RMR can cause your body to hold on to fat and slow down metabolism.
How does the test work?
To perform a RMR test, the individual sits in a comfortable chair and breathes into a mouthpiece, connected by a hose to a metabolic cart. The metabolic cart measures the amount of oxygen inhaled and carbon dioxide exhaled over a period of 10-20 minutes. The goal for the individual is to relax and focus on breathing normally for the duration of the test.
What is the purpose?
A RMR test provides an accurate measurement of the amount of calories your body consumes in a rested state and shows whether your metabolism is fast or slow. With this data, specific nutrition and exercise goals can be set, aimed at increasing metabolism and/or consuming the right amount of calories for weight loss, maintenance, or weight gain.
What information do I leave with?
After your test, results and recommendations are reviewed in detail with you. A report is generated for you to take home that explains your metabolism, total daily energy expenditure (TDEE), and caloric zones. This information can then be applied to optimize both your training and nutrition.
How should I prepare for the test?
To obtain the most accurate results, some pre-test preparation should be followed. Fast from food and drink for at least 4 hours prior to your appointment. Avoid any type of stimulant, including caffeine (yes, that means no coffee). Refrain from exercise for at least 12 hours, ideally 24, prior to your appointment. You want to avoid anything that can temporarily increase your metabolism.
How often should I perform a RMR analysis?
Metabolism can increase or decrease as body composition changes. We recommend retesting after any significant changes in body fat, muscle mass, and/or body weight. This allows you to adjust caloric needs off your new body weight.
Is an appointment required?
Yes, an appointment is required for testing. Call or email today to schedule your RMR!
What is the cost for a RMR analysis?
RMR Analysis: $75
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Why test metabolic rate?
No two people are the same. Knowing your body's metabolism can help you develop the right nutrition program to lose fat and gain muscle based off your own metabolic needs.
Determine your unique caloric zones for weight loss, maintenance, and weight gain.
Identify if you have a slow or fast metabolism.
Metabolism can change with body composition. Stay on track towards fitness goals by assessing changes in metabolism and setting new calorie zones.