Metabolic testing – no more guessing how much to eat.

Metabolic testing – no more guessing how much to eat.

Metabolic testing is essential to any nutritional plan.Watching your weight is almost an obsession in the United States. With the continuous increases in obesity throughout our population, the focus is usually aimed at reducing weight. Along with that there are countless ideas about what you should eat, like the Mediterranean diet, Paleo, Atkins/low carb and The Zone diet. But within all those diets, no matter what percentage of carbs, fats and proteins you will be eating, there is one key factor: how many calories do you need to eat. Through metabolic testing, you’ll know, not guess, how many calories you’ll eat daily.

Measuring your resting metabolic rate

In order to know how many calories you need to eat daily you need to know how many calories your body burns at rest. This is your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). Another term you might hear is your Basal Metabolic Rate (BRM). So what does all this mean? Here’s a quick video to explain.

Once you know either your BRM or RMR you can calculate your daily caloric needs based on your activity levels.

The benefits of testing vs calculating your RMR

There are hundreds if not thousands of websites that offer RMR calculators. In general most of these will give you a fairly accurate number based on your Body Mass Index. However calculators like this are very general and can’t take all factors into account. For example, one segment of the population that often experiences unwanted weight gain are post menopausal women. Changes in the balance between estrogen and progesterone can cause changes in your metabolism and those changes can’t be taken into account with a calculator that only asks age, weight, height and sex.

Your body mass index isn't always an accurate description of your healthAlso your BMI can be higher because you carry alot of body fat or because you’re very muscular. Two people with the same BMI can have very different body fat percentages and will have very different caloric needs. Years ago I was denied insurance because my BMI was too high. I was 6 feet tall and weighed 195 lbs. My BMI was 26.4 which qualifies as overweight. However my body fat percentage was only 11%. I was big and muscular at the time. When I appealed to the insurance company and explained that, they granted me insurance. As a whole, BMI is great as a statistical tool for populations but on an individual basis it has shortcomings.

How does metabolic testing work?

You sit and you breathe.

It really is that simple. We’ll start with a few minutes of practicing getting a smooth, even rhythm to your breathing so your test will be accurate. Then you’ll breathe into the metabolic testing device until it alerts you that the test is done.

Then we’ll set up an app on your phone for you to track calories

We'll use the My Fitness Pal app to track your calories.The app I prefer for tracking calories is MyFitnessPal. The app works well without the metabolic testing but once again it will be estimating your metabolic rate by using BMI. I’ll help you set up the app using the accurate numbers we learn from your test.. Then I’ll also show you how to use the diary to track how much you’ve eaten and in what ratios. It’s a great tool with a huge database of foods with all the macronutrient counts and it’s also very easy to create your own food items for maximum accuracy.

Following up to keep  the results coming

Whether your goal is weight loss or weight gain, as your body composition (weight) changes, so will your metabolism. If all goes according to the plan we set, you will see changes within 2 weeks. These kinds of  changes commonly plateau after 6 weeks, so a follow up measurement is recommended at that time.

Call or write today to book your metabolic testing session.

 

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