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Metabolic Rate/Resting Energy Metabolism Assessment
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. The body gains or loses fat or muscle based on energy balance. Energy balance refers to the relationship between energy intake (eating) and energy expenditure (metabolic rate). Many factors can affect a person’s metabolic rate. These factors include body composition, exercise, and diet. Changes in any or all of these factors can alter metabolic rate during the course of a weight loss regimen or muscle building exercise program. Assessing the success of individual weight loss or muscle gain strategies can be accomplished by re-testing metabolic rate over the course of a program. The key to weight loss or muscle gain is to accurately determine the calories that are consumed versus what is being used. But, how much does an individual need to cut back to actually lose weight or add to gain muscle? The metabolic rate/resting energy expenditure using Indirect Calorimetry, typically found in hospitals and research centers, answers that question. Using Indirect Calorimetry to test for metabolic rate will determine exactly how many calories one needs to cut to lose weight or how many additional is needed to build muscle. Retesting will reveal if your metabolism has been affected by dieting, exercise, etc.. The only way to really know if someone is burning fat or building muscle efficiently is to test their metabolism. By eating to your precise metabolic needs, you will be able to eat as many calories as possible, and still lose weight or gain muscle. Metabolism is key to weight loss or muscle gain. No more charts, averages, or guessing.
What the Test Reveals
  • Compares actual metabolic rate to predicted normal values based on the user's age, sex, height, and weight
  • Provides suggested diet and exercise plans based on each individuals metabolic rate
  • How many calories you burn at rest
  • How many calories you burn during daily activity and estimated activities
  • How does your metabolic rate compare to standards — are you a slow metabolizer or fast metabolizer
  • What are your target calories needed to lose weight or gain muscle
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