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.
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.
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.
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?