Purpose: The Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test is performed to estimate the amount of energy that your body burns in one day.
Why is this important: Whether your goal is to lose, gain, or maintain your weight, this information is extremely valuable for designing a personalized weight management program. Knowing the amount of energy you use at rest will help you better understand the amount of energy you need from food.
Your resting metabolic rate is influenced by your age, gender, the amount of body fat and muscle you have, the amount of exercise you do, your ethnicity, as well as by a number of environmental factors like smoking and climate. Two people with the same weight and height can have very different metabolic rates and energy (caloric) needs.