What is Metabolic Testing?
Thursday, June 27, 2013 • Denver, CO 80222
Physiologic evaluations based on actual oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide produced for:
• Resting Metabolic Rate – a measurement of calories used to maintain basic life functions such as circulatory, respiratory and brain function. RMR typically accounts for 60-75% of total energy used in a healthy person.
• Exercise Metabolic Rate – measurements used to determine the efficiency and types of fuels used (fats or sugars) during exercise.
o Aerobic Base – a zone based on heart rate that tells you where you are most efficient at utilizing fat as an energy source.
o Lactate Threshold (LT) – a marker that determines your maximal sustainable exercise intensity during which you burn fat and sugars. Beyond the LT, anaerobic metabolism begins to take over and glucose is predominately used as an energy source.
o VO2 Max -the maximum volume of oxygen that the body can consume during intense, whole-body exercise, expressed as liters per minute (L/min) or milliliters per kg bodyweight per minute (ml/kg/min). This number is largely genetically predetermined.
• Laboratory tests utilizing blood, urine and/or saliva to determine:
o how your body produces and utilizes energy at a cellular level.
o factors and imbalances that influence energy metabolism.
What are the Benefits of Metabolic Testing?
Information obtained through metabolic testing enables us to design individualized programs to help optimize your health and performance.
• Learning to exercise at an intensity relative to your metabolism determines the efficiency and effectiveness of your workouts and weight management program. When exercising too hard, your metabolism uses primarily sugars which can leave you feeling hungry, tired and sore afterwards. Too low of an exercise intensity doesn't challenge your metabolism to reach optimal levels and diminishes fitness improvements and weight goals.
• Taking a laboratory “peek” at your cellular metabolism defines those influencing factors affecting energy production. Imbalances of hormones and nutrients, the presence of toxins that can overload detoxification pathways and food sensitivities and allergies disrupting gastric-intestinal balance all influence optimal metabolic processes.
Is Metabolic Testing Right for You?
Absolutely! Through metabolic testing you have taken the first step towards making your metabolism work for you. Understanding how your body's metabolism works will give you the tools to lose fat while retaining muscle, increase energy levels and bring back that spring in your step and sparkle in your eyes!
Follow our program and you will see results in just a matter of weeks.