Resting Metabolic Rate

The resting metabolic rate analysis is a quick qualitative and quantitative way to look at how are bodies are utilizing fuel. On one hand we are able to see if the resting metabolism is fast (above average,) normal (average for age/height/weight,) or slow (below average.) On the other hand, looking at the respiratory quotient, we can see whether the body is utilizing fats or sugars as a fuel source.

This information gives a great start in designing a nutrition program, as it is clear evidence that there is no effective “one size fits all” approach. For example, a fast metabolism will have a much higher need for antioxidants where as a slow metabolism will need to be more focused on a combination of stress reduction, muscle building exercises, and protein intake. Likewise, we can see that someone with a lower RQ (Respiratory Quotient) who is burning more fats than sugars at rest, will see much faster body fat loss than someone burning more sugars than fats. There are a number of variables that can cause an increase or decrease in RQ such as carbohydrate intake, exercise intensity, injury, stress, anxiety, and body fat just to name a few.

The resting metabolic rate analysis quickly sheds light on why so many people fail to achieve body fat loss even after a reduction of their caloric intake or an increase in their exercise. This test is the cornerstone of every nutrition consultation and it allows the client to begin to understand what their unique metabolic needs are and what they can do to see the results they want.