Registered Dietitians have long known that when it comes to weight loss programs, one size does not fit all. As the ads for weight loss programs state, "individual results may vary" because people make different lifestyle choices, set their own specific goals, and have unique metabolic rates. What worked for your co-worker may not work for you because your resting metabolic rate (RMR)—the calories you burn naturally at rest each day—can be hundreds of calories different from other people of the same age, gender, and body weight. We all know (and secretly hate) that lucky person who can eat anything and everything and never gain weight, while you can eat the same amount or even less and still put on the pounds!
RMR accounts for up to 75 percent of the calories an individual burns every day, making it critical information for personalizing any health and wellness plan, whether your goals include weight loss, weight gain, weight maintenance, or improved fitness. Knowing your exact RMR can make the difference between success and frustrating failure.
Historically, measurement of your RMR has been costly, technically complex, and inaccessible to most—used only in hospitals and research settings. Most health and weight management professionals instead used population averages based on a person’s height, weight, gender, and age to estimate how many calories should be consumed to lose, gain, or maintain weight. These equations, however, can overestimate or underestimate RMR by several hundred calories, and in fact, have proven to be inaccurate for 80 percent of the population!
But there is good news! The MedGem® by Microlife™, a portable and accurate handheld device, uses breakthrough technology that is changing the way individuals manage nutrition, weight, and fitness. It allows professionals to determine your RMR* easily and affordably with a simple breath test. The device measures oxygen consumption (VO2)—the universal fuel of metabolism—to determine an individual’s RMR*, or Metabolic Fingerprint™. Using that information, your Registered Dietician personalizes a plan based on your very own Metabolic Fingerprint™, eliminating guesswork and giving you the information you need to reach your goals.
A metabolic measurement is often reimbursable through insurance, and can have a dramatic effect on your ability to manage your weight.
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*RMR is calculated using the Weir equation. The Weir equation and a constant RQ value of 0.85 (RMR = 6.931 x VO2) is used to convert VO2 to RMR. Weir, J.B., New Methods of Calculating Metabolic Rate with Special Reference to Protein Metabolism. J Physiol. 1949; 109:1-9.
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