Resting Metabolic Rate FAQs

Should I share my results with my physician/personal trainer/dietitian?

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Your results will be reviewed by a Clinical Dietitian. Please note that the dietary assessment is not included in the test.

We recommend sharing the results with your trainer or nutritionist (if applicable) so s/he can monitor your progress and adjust your nutrition or training plan if needed.

If interested, you may send us your trainer’s email address and we will give your trainer separate access to your profile.

How do I prepare for the RMR test?

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Prior to your RMR test, there are a few important things to note: You must complete a 12 hour fast overnight, prior to your RMR test. e.g. 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. 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. Attire for the test: No specific attire is required.

What happens during the RMR appointment?

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During the test you will be lying supine on a bed with a canopy hood rested comfortably over you. You should 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 . To the best of our knowledge, there are no known health risks associated with the RMR test. Rarely, people may feel claustrophobic while wearing the canopy hood. It may also feel warm or cold while the test is in session. The testing staff will provide blankets if desired. Your Responsibilities: The results of the test may be inaccurate if pre-test procedures are not properly followed. The accuracy of your results can also be affected by certain medications, medical conditions, acute infections and, for females, pregnancy, breast feeding and menstruation. You should let the testing staff know prior to the test if any of these apply, including the use of non-prescription medications. You should immediately report any unusual feelings that are of concern to the test staff during the test.