Resting Metabolic Rate – RMR: How It Works & What You Need to Know
Is my Metabolic Rate GOOD or BAD?
Unlike other health assessments (blood pressure or cholesterol for example), there is no such thing as a good or bad, high or low metabolism. It is, however, unique to you.
Two similar individuals can follow the same diet and exercise routine and have dramatically different results.
This is why it is important to have your Metabolic Fingerprint measured.
Metabolism accounts for the majority of calories your body burns each day. An accurate measurement gives you the missing link that will put you in control of managing your weight.
How can I change my Metabolism?
Two of the largest determinants of your Metabolic Fingerprint are your weight and body composition (muscle weight vs. fat weight). As your weight decreases, it is likely that your metabolism will decrease too.
This is a normal response to the body’s loss of weight and reduced calorie needs to support it. On the other hand, body composition, or the amount of lean muscle mass you have, impacts metabolism too.
It is possible to increase your metabolism by building lean muscle mass, which requires more calories for your body to support. Keep in mind, building lean muscle mass requires intense strength training.
Cardiovascular exercise burns calories during the exercise session, but will not influence changes in metabolism. Both types of exercise are keys to successfully managing your weight.
Which diet plan should I follow?
The type of diet plan you choose should be based on your preferences, needs, and advice of your physician or nutrition counselor.
Once you select the plan that’s right for you, it’s simply a matter of managing your daily calorie intake to your unique calorie budget.
Can I increase the number of daily calories I can eat by exercising?
Physical activity is an important factor in reaching weight goals, maintaining weight and is beneficial to overall health and fitness. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.
Whether you take an extra walk around the block, or do an intense workout at the gym, each activity burns additional calories. You can decide whether to take in additional calories to compensate for those burned or whether to let the extra burned calories contribute toward faster weight loss.
Should I have my Metabolic Fingerprint measured again?
Talk with your health or fitness professional about your personalized plan, and determine the date for a re-measurement appointment. Since your metabolism will change as you lose weight or increase lean muscle mass, it’s important to re-measure to avoid those frustrating plateaus.
As your body sheds pounds, it needs fewer calories to support itself, so schedule your subsequent measurements to stay on track. After you reach your weight goal, you should obtain a final Metabolic Fingerprint measurement so you know how many calories you should eat to maintain your new weight.
Remember, the keys to successful weight management is to personalize your daily plan, and then stick to it. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to reaching your goal.
- Have your Metabolic Fingerprint measured, and re-measured as necessary
- Increase your daily activity
- Monitor your progress by tracking your food & exercise, and make the appropriate modifications to continue progressing toward your goal
The best way to know how many calories to eat each day is to get your RMR – Resting Metabolic Rate measured with a Body Gem indirect calorimetry device.
The BodyGem® and MedGem® indirect calorimeters by Microlife are tools that will provide information vital for determining a personalized calorie budget, based on individual metabolism, necessary to achieve and maintain proper weight and nutrition.
Contact me at 1-800-743-3328 to discuss Microlife BodyGem RMR System Kit pricing options.