Why is your resting metabolic rate important?
Your Resting Metabolic Rate test will determine the amount of energy (calories) your body burns at rest. This information is helpful in determining the amount of calories you should consume for gaining weight, maintaining weight, weight loss and what you should not go under for optimal metabolic health.
With a resting metabolic rate test, you will learn:
The number of calories your body burns at rest.
How many calories you should consume for maintaining weight, weight loss and medically supervised zones.
How long it would take you to reach your goal weight when following your custom caloric intake zone.
Where your metabolism lies on a spectrum of slow, normal and fast.
How your metabolism compares to others of your same sex, age, height and weight.
For the most accurate results, you should be rested, decaffeinated, and fasted up to 4 hours before the appointment.
Yes. Please make your appointment in advance. We can serve walk-ups if there is room in the schedule, but our appointments receive first priority. Additionally, our NW DC office is by appointment only, and our technician staff may not be present if there are no reserved appointments. Finally, many of our scan dates do sell out, so there is no guarantee that we'll have room for walk-ups. If your plans change, you can always change your appointment up to 24 hours beforehand.
On average, your RMR appointment will take around 30 minutes. The first 5 minutes will be spent getting you set up on the test equipment. Your testing time will vary depending on how quickly you are able to stabilize your resting heart rate and breathing – usually about 10 minutes. After the test, you'll receive your results immediately, and sit down with a technician to understand the results.
Don’t eat for at least 4 hours prior to testing. Don’t consume caffeine or nicotine for at least 6 hours before testing. Lastly, try to not do any strenuous exercise for at least 12 hours prior to testing.
RMR is an important piece of data for anyone monitoring their caloric intake. Without knowing your RMR, it is impossible to set accurate daily energy (calorie) intake targets. While there are predictive formulas for calculating RMR based on your body measurements, an actual RMR test ensures that you have the most accurate quantification of this critical figure. Even the best predictive formulas for determining how many calories your body burns are only within 10% of measured results, steering many people to predictions that were 20-30% off what was actually measured. For an individual with an actual measurement of 2,000 calories a day, an RMR estimate that is 10% higher (2,200 Calories) can have significant impact on weight and body fat goals. That additional caloric intake would result in 21 pounds gained in one year!
After getting your initial baseline RMR test, re-testing should be based on changes to your body and changes in your fitness and nutritional goals. For example, if you experience a significant percent change in your body weight/composition, re-testing your RMR will let you know the effects of your weight change on your metabolism and help set an appropriate caloric goal for you new weight. Multiple RMR tests also work extremely well if you’re trying to monitor the effects a specific diet or fitness program has on your metabolism.