The Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test will measure the calories you burn while your body is at a resting state. It is determined by quantifying how much oxygen your body is using, as well as the amount of carbon dioxide that is being produced. Also known as your aerobic metabolism, this process is responsible for almost all of the energy your body creates. Oxygen, carbohydrates, and fat, all work together to make energy in your body. Energy is what allows your organs to function properly for basic functions such as breathing and circulation. Carbon dioxide is produced when the carbs and fats are metabolized. A RMR test will be able to determine the percentage of energy created from carbohydrates and fats by calculating the CO2 exhaled from the lungs.
In preparation for the RMR test, our specialists will mostly likely ask you to wear a face mask. This mask will only be covering your mouth and nose and you will be able to breathe comfortably. Approximately 10 stickers, connected by leads, will be attached to your chest to monitor your heart rate and rhythm. During the Resting Metabolic Rate test, your carbon dioxide output, and electrocardiogram (EKG) are measured for about 15 to 20 minutes. In order to get the most accurate results, it is very important that you remain as relaxed as possible.
An RMR test can help establish if you have an increased or decreased metabolism and if your body mostly uses the fats or carbohydrates to draw energy from. More importantly, an RMR test can even determine if you might have a medical condition impacting your metabolism as well. A few examples include, issues with your thyroid, heart disease, or diabetes. As a result, we will be able to design the diet that is right for you and advise you on the amount of calories you need to eat each day to maintain or lose weight.