What You Need To Know About the Metabolic Rate (RMR) Test

The RMR test measures the number of calories that your body burns at rest.

What does the RMR test provide?

The RMR or Resting Metabolic Rate test measures the number of calories that your body burns per day at rest. It will also indicate your energy quotient or the ratio of your energy that comes from fat and what portion comes from carbs.

Who would benefit most from RMR testing?

RMR testing is perfect for anyone who is interested in loosing body fat or changing their body composition. By knowing where you stand you will be able to know what adjustments to make to reach your goals.

What is the process?

You will first schedule your appointment through our site. After your appointment your results will be reviewed by a clinical dietician. Within one business day you will receive online access to your results which include your test results, interpretation, and anthropometric data.

What happens at your appointment?

The duration of the test is about one hour. During the test you will be lying supine on a bed with a canopy hood rested comfortably over you. You will be instructed to remain still, relaxed and as comfortable as possible without falling asleep. The testing staff will monitor you during the entire test to ensure you stay awake and should you need assistance. 

How must I prepare?

You must complete a 12 hour fast overnight, prior to your RMR test. For example, if your appointment is at 8am, you must only drink water after 8pm the evening before. You must not consume alcohol or caffeine 12 hours prior to the test. You must avoid moderate and vigorous exercise at least 24 hours prior to the test. Please note that your commute to the hospital should be relatively stress free, so plan extra time! Avoid brisk walking, running or taking a lot of stairs. Failure to meet these standards may result in an inaccurate result. 

What must I wear?

There is no specific attire required for the test.

How often should I test?

Changes in your RMR can take some time to take effect. Therefore, we recommend that our clients re-test at after about six months. You may want to to check sooner if you have made significant changes in your diet and lifestyle.