Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Fitness Myth Buster: Metabolic Testing - The benefits of knowing your RMR

Getting in shape or losing weight takes a lot of work and, often, a little bit of guesswork. How much should I eat? How many calories do I really need to burn? How long until I reach my goal?

If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, metabolic testing may be the route for you. Find out and better understand your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), Exercise Metabolic Rate (EMR), and even your Anaerobic Threshold with some simple tests. Put another way, you can finally know how many calories your body burns at rest, your body’s fat and caloric burning efficiency during exercise, and the point at which you begin burning fat--not carbs--for energy.

Not the treadmill diet
Why is this important? No matter which point you’re at in the weight loss process, there is a lot of valuable information to be gleaned from these results. Trying to lose weight, but not seeing results? A metabolic test can help you lock down the exact number of calories you should consume, as well as the amount of exercise you should perform to see those results! If you’re in maintenance mode, the RMR will help ensure that you consume enough calories to maintain your physique while exercising.

A test! You may be asking what kind of test and is it scary. It is definitely not! The test for the resting metabolic rate is quite relaxing (if you like having your nose plugged). You’ll be instructed not to eat 12 hours prior to the test and not to exercise beforehand. When you arrive, the test’s administrator will put you in a relaxing environment, ask you to put a clip on your nose, and breath through a tube. The test takes about 20 minutes, in which all you have to do is breath.

Once the test is complete, you will receive a complete breakdown of how many calories your body burns at rest, how long it would take to reach your weight loss goals, and where your metabolism ranks against others -- are you fast, slow, average...maybe just slightly sluggish.

Go it alone or take the results to a personal trainer or nutritionist to leverage the test results into fitness results.

Now #GoFitYourself

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