Looking to improve your performance or just curious about your metabolism? FFC Lincoln Park’s Registered Dietician, Chelsea Stegman, shares how metabolic testing can help you reach your goals more efficiently:
You may have seen signs around the club or demos being performed, but the concept of metabolic testing seems foreign to most. The RMR and VO2 test can be very beneficial in performance, weight loss and weight gain goals. Here’s how:
Some of you may be active My Zone users, and while the pre-set heart rate zones are a useful starting off point, a VO2 test can further help individualize your zones. Beyond that, the VO2 test can give you a “target heart rate,” or a heart rate where you are most efficient at burning fat based on YOUR metabolism. This allows for targeted cardio efforts based on data rather than just shooting in the dark. Interested in assessing your overall endurance and performance? This test can measure your VO2 max, or oxygen consumption, and rank it based on your age range. Your results also connect to an app that allows you to see total calories, fat calories and carb calories burned in real time during exercise.
Exercise is very important, but what are you doing the other 23 hours of the day? The RMR test specifically measures calories burned while at rest. This gives you a target calorie goal specific to your body composition goals, which allows for more individualized meal planning and/or food tracking. This test also shows us how you use your fuel (fat vs. carbs) to help us better tailor your macronutrients.
For other tips and tricks about increasing energy levels and performance, please reach out to our registered dietitian, Chelsea Stegman, MS, RDN, LDN at email@example.com to schedule an appointment!