Testing Services

Body Fat Testing

Body fat testing is a service offered at Nutrition Energy.  Body fat testing is used as an assessment of changes in body composition due to diet, athletic training and body weight changes.  Body fat is one indicator of overall health, and a factor in many sports. However, it is important to remember that top athletes are not always the leanest in their sport, and a low percent body fat does not guarantee success.  Periodic body fat testing will help you determine your ideal body fat level for best performance and health.  All body fat testing is performed with skin fold calipers, which is the most widely used and most convenient technique available.

Metabolic Rate (RMR) Testing

We are happy to offerResting Metabolic Rate (RMR) testing at Nutrition Energy. Testing your individual RMR reveals your specific daily caloric requirements, and is crucial in deciphering the daily number of calories you need to lose, maintain or gain weight as desired. Your RMR changes with weight loss/gain, athletic training cycles and changes in muscle mass. This service is available by appointment as a stand-alone resource or in conjunction with nutritional counseling. RMR testing should be done at the beginning of a new training cycle, when weight change is desired or when changes in training/body comp have occurred.

Traditional Metabolic Rate Formula estimates can be off by as much as 500 calories per day (the amount of calories it takes to gain or lose a pound per week)..

Testing and analyzing your individual metabolic rate gives you the exact measurement you need to succeed in your weight control efforts and athletic performance. 

Metabolic Rate and Weight Loss:
Individuals who struggle with their weight often have a metabolic rate that is atypical, which makes estimating calorie needs for weight loss practically impossible. Scientific studies show that even people of similar height, weight, age, and body composition can have very different metabolic rates.  Metabolic rate testing determines the number of calories you can eat each day in order to achieve your weight loss goal, gain weight properly, or maintain your current health.

Knowing your metabolic rate zones will prevent you from eating TOO LITTLE while dieting, which causes your body to store fat rather than lose extra pounds.

Metabolic Rate and Athletic Performance:
Due to variations in muscle mass, athletes' metabolic rates are often far from average.  These variations can cause difficulty with weight loss or inadequate refueling during and post workouts.  Metabolic testing allows athletes to get the most out of their workouts, decrease fatigue post workouts and burn more fat.
Professional athletes use RMR testing to ensure they are eating enough calories each day to perform at their best. You also deserve to know your daily calories needs to achieve your body weight goals and maintain (or improve) your current health without sacrificing energy or training intensity.

About the RMR Test

How does it work?
The human body consumes a fixed amount of oxygen per calorie burned.
By measuring the amount of oxygen you exhale, we can determine the exact number of calories you burn each day.

What happens during the test?
You simply sit back, relax and breathe…really.  During the test, the air you exhale is analyzed to determine exactly how much oxygen your body consumes.  The RMR test takes approximately 10 minutes.

What do I get?
Once completed, your metabolic rate is used to calculate your Target Caloric Zones, complete with color charts and graphs explaining what you burn and how much you should eat.  Your Zones will show you the maximum amount of food you can eat and still lose weight.  The test also tells you how your metabolic rate matches up with others of your sex, age, height and weight.

Preparing for the test
1. Do not eat 3-4 hours before the test.
2. Avoid exercise 3-4 hours before the test.
3. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants 3-4 hours before the test.

During the test
Relax and breathe…that is really all there is to it.

After the test
Your Dietitian will help you understand the results and create a personal plan of what your body needs.

Contact Nutrition Energy for pricing information and to schedule your metabolic test today.