As we age, the word “metabolism” often gets blamed for the reason we are gaining weight, or why we can’t lose the weight. We often hear phrases like, “I can’t lose weight, I have a slow metabolism” Or “My metabolism has just always been bad”. However, these fatalistic claims are typically unsubstantiated without getting a true assessment of your metabolism function.
Metabolism or metabolic rate is defined as the succession of chemical reactions in the human body that creates and breaks down energy necessary for life. More simply put, it’s the rate at which the body expends energy or burns calories within 24 hours. When your level of physical activity rises, you will expend more energy and vice versa; consequently, you need to adjust your caloric intake accordingly. Frequently, people will go on calorie restricting diets in hope to lose weight while being unaware of their metabolic rate, which can result with them hindering their metabolic function and potentially their health. On the contrary, some people may have a great functioning metabolism, but their caloric consumption is misaligned with their weight lost goals. In either case, the person ends-up with misguided results.
The answer to finding out your metabolic rate lies in a simple assessment called Resting Metabolic Rate or “RMR.” An RMR assessment will provide you with a data-driven caloric consumption plan for predictive success, by giving you the baseline information for an effective diet that is tailored to your body’s exact caloric daily intake needs, while taking you out of the “one size fits all” weight loss guessing game.
WHAT YOU GET FROM A RESTING METABOLIC RATE ASSESSMENT:
YOUR Individualized Baseline Daily Caloric Intake Consumption:
The average person burns about 1400-1900 calories at rest. Typically, the fine print calorie recommendations on food label say: “these are based off of a 2000 calorie diet”. This generic assumption is just what it is: too generic to work for everybody! Contrarily, your RMR assessment will report out exact caloric needs. In most cases, an RMR will show that most people are well above that average or well below that average.
As every person’s body is different, every diet should be tailored to the person body’s respective caloric needs. Too often, people who see a diet working for person A, make the immediate assumption that it will work for them in the same manner, which is far from being a guaranteed success. A safer and more effective way to decide on a path to weight loss is to let your RMR results assess how well or how poorly your metabolism is working, in order for you to make the educated necessary lifestyle changes to reach the goals you are setting for yourself.
Carbohydrates and Fat Breakdown
The process of burning calories is a mixture of burning carbohydrates and fats. Your RMR results will get you the exact breakdown; more carbs or more fats or an equal amount of each. Both are forms of energy; however carbohydrate storages are very limited vs. our fat storages, which are essentially endless. Most of the time our bodies are burning more carbs at rest than they are fats, and that’s only because we try to stay away from fats in our diets. The fact is, healthy fats are great for us and the more healthy fats we include into our diets, the more our bodies are going to recognize that and will start burning more fats.
Your RMR report will remove any uncertainty or generic recommendations from any diet, but it will also identify with precision how many calories of fats, carbs, and proteins you need to consume daily for your specific body, in order to reach your weight loss goals in a very predictive and safe fashion.
HOW TIME-CONSUMING AND SAFE IS IT TO TAKE A RMR ASSESSMENT?
An RMR assessment is simple, fast and non-invasive and typically cost less than $100. The test is performed in just 20 minutes while you are lying down in a completely relaxed state; the RMR machine will do the rest.
At CERULEAN, we perform a medical-grade RMR assessment that produces the most accurate results. Upon completion, you will be given your personalized information specific to your body and you will be on your way to success. Don’t shortchange your weight loss commitment to yourself, get your RMR assessment, set your goals with confidence and measure outcomes with optimum objectivity.