A Resting Metabolic Rate test measures the amount of energy required to maintain crucial life-sustaining processes – such as your heartbeat, respiration, and brain function – whilst at rest.

Your RMR measurement is made by analysing the amount of oxygen your body uses and the amount of carbon dioxide your body produces.

This energy is expressed in calories per day, so to put it simply, an RMR test provides an indication of how many calories you burn at rest while doing nothing more than sitting in a chair.

Why get your Metabolic Rate tested?

Learn to eat to your metabolism

An accurate measure of RMR can help you eat the right amount of calories to reach your health goals. If you’re trying to lose fat, you might be inclined to starve yourself. However, this can be counter productive and trigger the body into famine response mode. When this happens, your body will do what it can to hold onto valuable life-saving fat at the expense of metabolism-boosting muscle.

If you’re training hard trying to pack on muscle, you might not be eating enough calories to meet your RMR and training needs. If this is the case, then you might not be meeting your RMR needs AND exercise calorie requirements. Running on empty whilst training very hard can lead to exhaustion and a loss of muscle.

Get precise and accurate results

Indirect calorimetry is a technique that measures how much oxygen your body consumes. Because there is a relationship between how much oxygen you consume and the number of calories burnt, we can accurately determine your metabolic rate.

Our equipment precisely measures the volume of air you breath out and the difference in concentration of oxygen in the inspired and expired air. We also account for factors such as temperature, pressure, and humidity in order to get the most accurate results possible.

Get an individual measurement, rather than a guesstimate

A number of prediction formulas exist to estimate resting metabolic rate. These formulas are often used in gyms since indirect calorimetry may be impractical and require special training and expensive equipment. While prediction equations might be statistically valid across a large number of subjects in a scientific study, they may not necessarily be accurate when applied to an individual.

For example, if your estimated resting metabolic rate is 10% higher (2200 calories) than an actual measurement of 2000 calories, the extra 200 calories per day could translate to 9.5 kilograms of weight gain over one year.

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For the most accurate results from your RMR test, please ensure you:

  • Fast / avoid exercise for 5 hours before the test
  • Avoid beverages with caffeine or other stimulants
  • Avoid dietary supplements or pre-workouts which might increase metabolism

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How does Metabolic Rate testing work?

Indirect calorimetry (a measurement of metabolic rate) is a technique that measures how much oxygen your body consumes. Because there is a relationship between how much oxygen you consume and the number of calories burnt, we can accurately determine your metabolic rate.

From a 10 minute resting breath sample we are able to measure your body’s daily energy requirements. Our equipment precisely measures the volume of air you breath out and the difference in concentration of oxygen in the inspired and expired air. We also account for factors such as temperature, pressure, and humidity in order to get the most accurate results possible.

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Bodyandbone-Plus-iconIndirect Caliometry relies on the fact that burning one calorie requires 208.06 millilitres of oxygen

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Choose from our RMR testing options to suit you and your needs.

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QUICK TEST

$800015 minutes
  • RMR Test only
  • Receive a quick explanation of your results
  • Tested by Qualified and Licensed Practitioners

EXTENDED CONSULT + METABOLIC TEST

$1500030 minutes
  • Includes an RMR Test+Consultation
  • Full explanation of your results
  • Tested by Qualified and Licensed Practitioners

DEXA SCAN + METABOLIC TEST

$2900060 minutes
  • RMR Test+DEXA Scan+Consultation
  • Full explanation of your results
  • Tested by Qualified and Licensed Practitioners