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RMR FAQ

Yes. Please make your appointment in advance online before coming in. RMR testing is not administered on a walk-up basis.

On average, your BodySpec RMR appointment will take around 30 minutes. The first 5 minutes will be spent getting you set up on the test equipment. Your testing time will vary depending on how quickly you are able to stabilize your resting heart rate and breathing. After the test, you'll receive your results immediately, and sit down with a consultant to go over the results.

Do not eat for at least 4 hours prior to testing. Do not consume caffeine or nicotine for at least 6 hours before testing. Finally, do not exercise for at least 12 hours prior to testing.

RMR is a crucial piece of data for anyone monitoring calorie intake. Without knowing your RMR, it is impossible to set accurate calorie targets.

While there are predictive formulas for calculating RMR based on your body measurements, an actual RMR test ensures that you have the most accurate quantification of this critical figure. Even the best predictive formulas for determining how many calories your body burns are only within 10% of measured results, steering many people to predictions that were 20-30% off what was actually measured. For an individual with an actual measurement of 2,000 calories a day, an RMR estimate that is 10% higher (2,200 Calories) can have significant impact on weight and body fat goals. That additional caloric intake would result in 21 pounds gained in one year!

For an example of how RMR can be used effectively to set calorie goals, see our RMR case study blog post.

After getting your initial baseline RMR test, re-testing should be based on changes to your body and changes in your fitness and nutritional goals. For example, if you have experienced a large change in your body weight (or body composition) re-testing your RMR will let you know the effects of your weight change on your metabolism and help set an appropriate caloric goal for you new weight. You can also use multiple RMR tests to monitor the effects a specific diet or fitness program has on your metabolism.

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