Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)


 Resting Metabolic Pretest Requirements (approximately 12 minutes of measuring)

  1.  Avoid eating 4 hours prior to testing.
  2. Avoid exercise at least 4 hours prior to testing.
  3. Avoid the use of stimulants like caffeine prior to testing.

Testing Your Metabolic Rate will determine how many calories you need to eat daily in order to reach your goal weight. It can indicate if your weight struggle is due to your metabolism. You can retest to reveal how your metabolism has been impacted by dieting, and exercise.

Metabolic Rate Measurements

Metabolic rate, or metabolism, is the rate at which the body expends energy. This is also referred to as the “caloric burn rate”. Knowing metabolic rate is vital for weight loss as well as for determining the proper feeding amounts needed to treat various disease states.

Energy expenditure can be divided into three groups of calories:

Resting Calories – Calories that are burned while the body is at rest. These calories are needed just to maintain life. The majority of all calories burned (about 70-80%) are burned at the resting level.

Activity Calories – Calories that are burned because of normal daily activities are “Activity Calories”. Normal daily activities such as walking, eating (digesting food), typing, etc. are included in activity calories.

Exercise Calories – These calories are burned because of exercise.

The sum of all of these groups of calories is the total metabolic rate.

Energy Balance

The body gains or loses fat based on energy balance. Energy balance refers to the relationship between energy intake (eating) and energy expenditure (metabolic rate).