Metabolic testing: Getting the answers your body’s been looking for

By: Health Local Staff Aug 27, 2012
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Metabolic Testing

Metabolic testing could be the answer if you’ve hit a plateau in your fitness level or weight loss.

There is nothing more frustrating than feeling like your body is stuck in a rut even though you believe that you’ve been doing everything right as far as diet and exercise go. Metabolic testing could be the answer if you’ve hit a plateau in your fitness level or weight loss because it digs below the surface to help give you a clearer understanding of what your body really needs to get it to where you want it to be.

What is Metabolic Testing?
Metabolic testing is a series of evaluations that are based on the oxygen that you consume and the carbon dioxide that you produce. The tests consist of wearing a mask that measures these levels during exercise on a treadmill and also while at rest. What metabolic testing looks for is as follows:

Exercise Metabolic Rate: This determines how well your body burns calories, fats, and sugars during exercise as well as the best aerobic base for you based on your heart rate so that you get the best fat burning possible during workouts. Your lactate threshold is also evaluated so that you can know the maximum intensity that you should be working out at for the best results.

Resting Metabolic Rate: What this does is calculate the number of calories that your body needs in order to survive and maintain basic functions for life. The number is usually surprising low and a good indicator of how much we as a society are overeating.

Blood and urine analysis is also used in metabolic testing to determine any factors that might influence your metabolism, such as hormone imbalances as well as to learn how your body produces and uses energy on a cellular level.

The Benefits of Metabolic Testing
As you’ve just read, metabolic testing offers you a look into the way your body works so that you can have a better understanding of what you need to do in order to function at your absolute best. Not only can this help you in your weight loss and fitness level, but it can also help to improve your overall quality of life when you use the information to guide you to making the right choices for you specifically. It can also make you aware of underlying conditions that require extra care, such as hormone imbalances that can wreak havoc on various aspects of your health when left untreated.

If metabolic testing is something that you would be interested in, speak to your doctor or even a local gym as many offer metabolic testing or can refer you to a medical centre that does.

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