June 4, 2013

Resting Metabolic Rate Testing at Fit Med Partners

I recently was given the opportunity to have my resting metabolic rate (RMR) tested at Fit Med Partners on Daniel Island. The actual test was given by Ann Moore, who has quite an impressive fitness resume. Look at all she’s done! What an inspiration she is.Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 6.08.01 PM

Let’s talk about the test. Your RMR determines basal calories your body burns to maintain itself at rest. In other words, it’s what your body would need to survive if you did nothing but lay in bed all day doing nothing. It does not include what you burn in regular daily activities or exercise. There are a lot of online calculators that will test your BMR based on your age, gender, height, and weight, but these are too general as they do not take into consideration your muscle mass or genetics. A female my same age, weight, and height could have a much higher or lower number than me due to other factors.IMG_0036

Before the test, I was instructed not to exercise or consume any food/caffeine other than water for 4 hours before as they may alter my results. The actual test was very easy. I rested on the bed with my nose plugged and breathed normally into a tube. The machine records your breathing, oxygen in and oxygen out. IMG_0044

Ten minutes later, I got a printout of my results which were explained to me by Anne. She said that my metabolism was 16% slower than the average female of my same height, weight, and age. BUMMER!photo (1)

I know it’s hard to read, but my RMR is 1109 calories. With exercise and lifestyle/activity, my total energy output is around 1577 calories. Ann told me that on days I work out, I can eat 1500-1600 calories, and days off, around 1400-1500.

Several people questioned why I had the test done as I’m not trying to lose or gain any weight. I wanted to do it for the sheer experience and have a general idea if I was on the right track. There were times when I worried I may not be eating enough, which can negatively affect your metabolism and, in turn, make you gain weight. Though my metabolism was lower than I would have liked it to be, I was taking in the right amount of calories for my lifestyle.

If you’re in Charleston and interested in having this test done, you can find more information on the Fit Med Partners website, their facebook, or go to Anne’s page. The test costs $80, and and combined with a VO2Max test (I didn’t do this) it’s $185.

Have you ever had your RMR tested? What are your thoughts on the test?

Do you think knowing the number would benefit you or would you focus too much on it?

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  • mariafalls

    I’ve been wanting to do this testing for a while now, simply because I love learning more about me (narcissistic, perhaps?). That’s why I took the 23&Me test and enjoy personality tests. Funny how we are all made up.

    Anyways, I wonder if your RMR has anything to do with your appetite. I sometimes wonder if I have a high one because I can eat like a horse. But I can also easily gain like a horse…so, yes. Interesting.

  • itzyskitchen

    I’m totally intrigued. I think this would be good information for someone whose very active to have…but I could see how it could also make people a little crazy (focusing too much on meeting specific numbers).

  • Liziheartvegetables

    I think that’s really cool! I’m curious to have this done!

  • I had mine tested a while aog, and was told to do it every now and then because as our fitness levels change, so will my RMR. So I would be curious to see what mine is now. Mine was high, like about 1800 if I remember correctly. That terrified me to think I could eat that much and maintain!

  • I would be really interested in having this done! My family always makes fun of me for how big my appetite is for my size, so I wonder if I have a high RMR…

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    So cool that you got this test done. I would actually really like to know mine, if not just for the sake of my own curiosity. It’s hard to say how much impact it would really have on me – I guess it depends on whether or not the number was a lot higher or lower than I thought it would be!

  • Brittany Greer

    I would love to have this done. I think I’m like you and have a slow metabolism, (unfortunately 🙁 ). I have always felt like for my height, I should be able to eat more than I do to maintain my weight. I usually eat around 1500 a day…so the same as what you were told to eat and we’re not exactly the same height haha 😉 Interesting how it all works out! Even though I work out 4-5 days a week, I’m sure some of it has to do with the fact I sit at a desk most of the day.

  • Tanisia

    This is interesting… I’ve done the online ones before, but it makes total sense that it doesn’t account for the INDIVIDUAL. I may look into where I can get this done in Charlotte.

  • This is super interesting…I wouldn’t expect you to have a slow metabolism with how tiny and active you are! The guidelines you were given are about how much I eat on active/rest days, but I wonder how we differ in metabolism and size.

    I often fear that I don’t eat enough (esp when my boyfriend harps on about how “everyone needs 2,000 calories per day”) but this makes me feel a little better 🙂 I’d totally be down to get this done!

  • Jennifer Niemeyer

    That is some amazing information! I’d love to get it done too. Have you heard of the ones where you are dunked to get an underwater reading? I did a quick Google after reading your post and this was a suggested route for this test.

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    This is really interesting and definitely something I’d consider. I’m pretty sure I messed up my metabolism in college (when I ate dinner each day and not much else) and I’d love to know how many calories I should be eating for my body, vs. using those general charts…

  • LOVE that you had this experience. how amazing. i think something like this would DEFINITELY benefit me. just nice to see how you’re measuring up and what you’re doing right/wrong. i likey!

  • Actually that makes sense that you’d be right around 1500 given your activity/lifestyle level. I actually log my cals and try to stay around 1100-1200 b/c I am not very active sitting on my bum all day in my cube. The extra 400 or so cals/day I could potentially have is making me want to work out more though….will workout for FOOD!

  • Beauty tutor

    I really enjoyed this post,thank you for sharing! I have worked out my BMR but as you have stated, this isn’t always entirely accurate.

  • Kelly

    This is so interesting! I would love to have this test done – I think it would be a great help in my quest to lose weight.

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