AT METANU CENTER
Your resting metabolic rate is the amount of calories that your body burns while you are at complete rest (i.e. reclining with muscles relaxed) to keep yourself alive and digest food. Resting metabolic rate calories are burned to digest, absorb, and store nutrients and to sustain the function of vital organs like your heart, brain, nervous system, lungs, kidneys, liver, muscles, and skin. Energy expenditure increases to actively digest food and support physical activity.
You are a unique individual. Measuring your ability to burn calories with an RMR test instead of guessing or calculating your metabolism using formulas or charts, provides us with scientific data that allow us to develop a personalized nutrition program to support your weight goals.
Why Test RMR to Treat Obesity
Proof of “normal” metabolism:
Most overweight people are convinced they have a slow metabolism. The truth is that statistically, most overweight and obese individuals have average or higher than average metabolic rates. Taking a measurement removes this concern. Seeing that your body can indeed burn calories can be very encouraging and motivating. However, it will screen for those who may struggle with a slow metabolic rate so the nutrition prescription can be adjusted accordingly.
Stabilize weight loss:
Regardless of the method used to lose weight, a patient’s RMR will decrease after weight loss. Although the cause is unclear, it appears that in most cases, if a patient can maintain his new weight for six months, their RMR will eventually rise to the expected level. Pinpointing the precise number of calories necessary to maintain is key to surviving this crucial period.
Detection and diagnosis of hypometabolism:
In cases where a patient has a clinically low metabolic rate, further diagnosis and treatment by a physician will be required before successful weight loss can be achieved.
Pinpoint caloric weight loss zone:
When restricting calories, knowing a baseline RMR is invaluable. RMR provides data that can be used to calculate a “weight loss zone” for 1 ½ pound a week weight loss, or practitioners can use the RMR to calculate a caloric goal unique for each patient.
Assess the effect of weight loss treatment on metabolism:
Once calories are restricted, medications are introduced, or an exercise plan has been implemented, the human body will respond. This is especially true of significant interventions, such as bariatric surgery. The caloric goals of a dietary plan will rarely sustain a patient throughout an entire weight loss regimen. The result is the dreaded “plateau.” Periodic assessment of RMR will show the effects of the treatments and allow adjustments to the caloric goals.
How is an RMR test performed?
Metabolic testing is quick and easy:
You fast for 4 hours prior to your appointment. (Morning appointments are recommended.)
No exercise the day of the testing.
Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine.
You rest for 15 minutes to lower your heart rate to a relaxed state.
You sit or recline in a comfortable position.
You breathe into a disposable mouthpiece for 10 minutes while your oxygen consumption is measured.
After 8-10 minutes, the device will beep, indicating your test is finished.
RMR results are visible on the screen and can be printed out in a manner.