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How Does Metabolic Testing Work?

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You’ve probably heard a lot about metabolism but don’t necessarily know if yours is fast, slow, or average. Metabolic testing gives you the answer as well as information that will help you lose weight more effectively. In this blog, the healthcare providers at Performance Health in NYC and Pearl River NY explain more about how metabolic testing works and how it can help you:

What is a metabolic testing?

Your body’s metabolic function determines how quickly it converts food into energy. Different people have different metabolic rates, which explains how your friend can seemingly eat anything she wants and still not gain weight. Metabolic tests measure the rate at which your body burns calories, offering customized information.

Why would someone need metabolic testing?

This type of testing gives you highly accurate, customized information about your metabolic rate. If you take in too many calories, you’ll gain weight, but taking in too few calories can also make it difficult to lose weight. Your body may go into a type of “starvation mode” where it tries to hold onto weight if you’re not taking in enough calories.

With the information provided by metabolic testing, you and your doctor can determine the correct number of calories you need to consume. Your body will get the energy it needs to thrive, and the number of calories you consume will help you lose weight efficiently.

What happens during metabolic testing?

You’ll breathe into a tube for a few minutes, and your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) will be determined. This can be done because the oxygen your body consumes and the calories it burns are linked. Your RMR calculates how many calories your body burns at rest for essential functions such as breathing or circulating blood.

This number may be approximately the same as an average person of your same gender, height, age, and weight, or it may be higher (indicating a faster metabolism) or lower (indicating a slower metabolism). If your metabolism is clinically low, it may need to be treated.

The number of calories your body burns as a result of your lifestyle, activities, and exercise will be estimated and added to the calories burned at rest. This total represents the number of calories your body burns in a day.

Based on your metabolism and calories burned, your healthcare provider can determine how many calories you need in a day to start losing weight. In some cases, you may be taking in too many calories, but sometimes you may actually not get enough. You may have fallen into the pattern of overeating on some days and taking in insufficient calories on other days. Without enough calories, your body will conserve its stored fat if it’s not receiving enough calories and will resist burning it.

How should you prepare for metabolic testing?

Preparation for metabolic testing is very easy. To get an accurate reading, you should avoid doing the following in the hours before your metabolic testing:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Exercising or doing physical labor
  • Drinking caffeine

If you’d like to find out more about metabolic testing and whether it could help your weight loss efforts, make an appointment today with Performance Health in NYC and Pearl River NY. Our doctors are experts in this type of testing and can help you devise an effective diet and/or exercise plan to help you lose weight and improve your health.

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