Understanding how your metabolism works, and how many calories your body actually needs, will help you follow a fitness plan that gets real results, whether you want to lose, maintain, or gain weight. At My Fit Body 360 in Washington, Michigan, the wellness and fitness team uses resting metabolic rate (RMR) tests to measure how many calories men and women burn while at rest. To schedule an RMR test today, call or use the convenient online booking tool.
Measuring your resting metabolic rate (RMR) involves a simple, noninvasive test that accurately measures how many calories you burn at rest. During the test, a machine measures how quickly your body consumes energy by analyzing the composition of your breath and measuring your oxygen consumption. It’s important to learn about your metabolic rate so you can understand your nutritional and weight loss needs.
An RMR test gives you a better idea of how your metabolism works than would otherwise be possible. If you’re struggling while trying to lose weight, an RMR can clarify how many calories you actually need to consume to reach your goals.
You may have guessed that you have a slow metabolism, but knowing if that’s actually true helps you understand why you’ve had difficulty with weight loss, so you can figure out a plan that works.
If you’re measuring your caloric intake for any reason, whether you’re trying to lose, gain, or maintain weight, an RMR test provides the most accurate possible measurement of how many calories your body burns. Without the test, it’s only possible to predict your RMR within 10% at best, which can make or break your weight loss and body fat goals.
For example, if you need 2,000 calories a day and are instead eating 2,200 based on only the estimation of an RMR formula, those 200 calories are the equivalent of 21 pounds over the course of a year!
In short, an RMR test will provide you with precise information you need to reach new goals or sustain your progress. If what you’re doing works, it helps to know why, too. The test can also help you track how a DEXA body composition scan maps your metabolic health, calorie consumption, and muscle loss or gain.
You’ll need to prepare for the RMR test to get accurate results. For the test to capture your body in its true resting state, you’ll need to refrain from exercising for at least 12 hours beforehand. Also, you’ll need to fast for at least four hours, and you must stop using caffeine or nicotine at least six hours before the test.
The test requires you to breathe into a tube while lying in a recliner for about 15 to 20 minutes. The tube will collect and analyze your breath. You’ll receive your results immediately, so you’ll walk out understanding your body’s caloric needs.
To take an RMR test and understand exactly how many calories you should be consuming, call or schedule an appointment online today.