What is a Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Test?
Metabolism is the process of converting food (calories) into energy. The efficiency with which your body does this is referred to as your metabolic rate. Many factors affect a person’s metabolic rate: weight, age, body composition, hormone levels, and gender, making it a highly unique number.
Why test your metabolic rate?
Understanding your body’s unique metabolic rate will allow your trainer to customize your weight loss or maintenance program around your needs. It can screen for a slowed metabolism that may explain frustrated attempts to lose weight in the past. It can reveal changes in your metabolism during the weight loss process that can help troubleshoot a frustrating plateau. Once you reach your goal, an RMR measurement can give you the precise caloric prescription for maintenance to help you sustain that goal weight.
How does the test work?
KORR Metabolic Analyzers utilize the same technology as ICU metabolic testing. Because every calorie a person consumes requires a fixed amount of oxygen to be converted to energy, the KORR Analyzer measures the oxygen you consume to calculate calories burned. All of the air exhaled by the patient must be collected to measure oxygen consumption. Two one-way valves in the KORR MetaBreather ensure that only fresh air is inhaled and all exhaled gas passes through the hose and into the machine. A nose-clip ensures that all exhaled air is analyzed.
In order to get the most accurate results, it is important to follow the standard protocol for a Resting Metabolic Rate test:
1.You should avoid eating 4 hours before the test.
2. Avoid exercising prior to your test.
3. If possible, avoid the use of stimulants, such as caffeine.
During the test, you will be invited to sit or recline in a comfortable position. You will be given a KORR MetaBreather mouthpiece to breathe into. You will be breathing in air from the room, but the gas that you breathe out will go into the metabolic analyzer to measure your metabolic rate.
Testing is available on Wednesdays 7:30am-1:00pm, Monday and Saturday mornings by appointment. Register at the Front Desk.
Metabolic Test is $55 per session
VO2 Test $115 per session