If you’re looking to drop a few pounds before bikini season arrives, understanding your resting metabolic rate (RMR) can help you move closer to your fitness aspirations. While many people feel that maintaining a consistent workout regimen will be enough to help them reach their weight loss goals, working with a professional trainer to determine your RMR can benefit your progress tremendously. At GoZone Fitness in Lewiston, our personal trainers can help reveal metabolic efficiencies to assist you along your fitness journey through our state-of-the-art RMR measurement system. In this article, we’ll discuss your RMR in further detail so you have a thorough understanding of its function and benefits.
Resting Metabolic Rate
Metabolism, in the laymen’s terms, is your body’s conversion of food to energy. Every item of food you put into your mouth contains nutrients that your body eventually absorbs and converts into units of heat, also known as calories. The calories, or the food you digest, is either used by your body right away or stored for for later use.
Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the measurement of how much food (or energy) is required for you to maintain your basic bodily functions. The amount of energy you need to function can be expressed by the amount of calories you consume each day. When you work with a personal trainer to discover your personal RMR, the test will reveal how many calories you burn at rest, simply sitting in a chair. This measurement is calculated by analyzing the amount of oxygen your body uses and the amount of carbon dioxide your body produces.
At GoZone Fitness, we offer all of our fitness clients the opportunity to have their resting metabolic rate tested. During a typical RMR test, our personal trainers will ask you to relax in a chair for 15 to 20 minutes wearing a face mask while the following is measured:
- Your oxygen intake
- Your carbon dioxide output
- Your electrocardiogram (EKG)
If you schedule a RMR test with a certified trainer, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your test, including:
- Do not eat or exercise four to five hours before your RMR test
- Avoid drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages four to five hours prior to your test
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol two hours before your appointment
- Avoid participating in high intensity weight training 12 hours before your RMR test
- Come to your RMR test well rested and relaxed
Factors That May Affect Your RMR
There are many factors that can affect your resting metabolic rate and no two people are alike. Someone with a greater body weight will have a higher resting metabolism than a smaller person because their body has to work extra hard to support and maintain the extra pounds. Your age can also play a factor in your metabolism. Recent studies have found that metabolism declines naturally in adults at a rate of roughly two to three percent per decade, mostly due to a loss of lean muscle mass. If you’re currently taking any prescription or over the counter drugs, these can also have an impact on the speed of your metabolism.
At GoZone Fitness in Lewiston, we’re proud to be a leader of science-based fitness classes and we’ve successfully helped hundreds of people lose weight through our innovative workout classes. If you’re interested in learning more about your resting metabolic rate or your overall metabolism, contact our personal trainers today. We’ll schedule a convenient time for you to visit our fitness center for a professional RMR measurement to help you achieve your fitness and weight loss goals.