We are excited to say we are finally back in business with our metabolic machine. We have our new equipment up and going. If you have thought about getting your resting metabolic rate or your vo2 tested now is a great time to do it! If you have no idea what we are talking about here is a description of each test.
RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) is an assessment that calculates the calories your body burns at rest, which accounts for approximately 70% of your total caloric burn per day. It will also determine what type of fuel (fat vs. carbs) your body uses at rest. Your RMR will be useful for the dietitian in creating your nutrition plan to ensure consistent and continual weight loss.
VO2 Assessment is a fitness assessment that calculates your oxygen uptake during aerobic activity, or in other words, your individual ability to use oxygen during exercise. Your VO2 is closely related to your overall cardiovascular fitness. Based on your heart rate response and the gas exchange, we will determine precisely at what heart rate, or intensity, you are most efficient at using stored energy (fat) for fuel. We will teach you to “exercise smarter, not harder”.
When should you do these tests? You can really do the testing at any time, pre-op or post op. It really gives you a better understand of your exercise ability. I would for sure say to do them post op at about 3 months. By this time you should have lost weight and will be feeling more energized so this is a perfect time to do it! 🙂