Metabolism is the process of converting your calories into energy. Each person’s body does this at a different speed, which is referred to as your metabolic rate – a number unique to you and your body. Many factors can affect your metabolic rate, including weight, age, gender, body composition, and hormone levels.
At StartMyDiet, we provide a basic metabolic test to estimate your BMR (basal metabolic rate) and incorporate estimations for your workout routine and daily living activities. The test calculates the amount of oxygen you inhale to the amount of carbon dioxide you exhale. The more oxygen your body consumes, the higher your BMR will be.
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By understanding your metabolic rate, your StartMyDiet associate can customize your weight loss program to your unique needs.
The metabolic test will allow us to screen for a slowed metabolism that might have contributed to your frustrations when attempting to lose weight in the past and reveal any changes in your metabolism during your weight loss journey that can help avoid disappointing plateaus in the future.
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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 practitioner 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 trouble shoot 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.
Preparing for the Test
In order to get the most accurate results, it is important to follow the standard protocol for a Resting Metabolic Rate test:
You should avoid eating 4 hours before the test.
Avoid exercising prior to your test.
If possible, avoid the use of stimulants such as caffeine.
During the Test
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 in to. 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.
Relax and close your eyes during the test.
Keep lips sealed lightly around the MetaBreather. It is important that all the air you breathe out is analyzed.
In just 10 minutes, your metabolic rate will be measured!
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