Metabolic Rate Measurements
Metabolic rate, or metabolism, is the rate at which the body expends energy. This is also referred to as the “caloric burn rate”. Knowing metabolic rate is vital for weight loss as well as many other health concerns.
Energy expenditure can be divided into three groups of calories.
Resting Calories –
Calories that are burned while the body is at rest. These calories are needed just to maintain life. The majority of all calories burned (about 70-80%) are burned at the resting level.
Activity Calories –
Calories that are burned because of normal daily activities are “Activity Calories”. Normal daily activities such as walking, eating (digesting food), typing, etc. are included in activity calories.
Exercise Calories –
These calories are burned because of exercise.
The sum of all of these groups of calories is the total metabolic rate.
The body gains or loses fat based on energy balance. Energy balance refers to the relationship between energy intake (eating) and energy expenditure (metabolic rate). The figures below describe the three states of energy balance.
Normal Energy Balance:
Consumption and expenditure in balance, no weight gain or loss
Negative Energy Balance:
Expenditure is greater than consumption (caloric deficit), causes weight loss.
Positive Energy Balance:
Consumption exceeds expenditure (caloric surplus), leading to weight gain.
European Wellness Cosmedical can help you define precisely how many calories your body actually burns, and calculate how many calories you should eat to lose or maintain your weight using our new ReeVue technology. Your metabolic rate will be compared to what is “normal” or "average" for your age, height, weight, and sex. We often hear people blame their “slow metabolism” for their weight gain. But really most people do not have a slow metabolic rate.
We'll then use what we learn to guide you in establishing a plan for your specific needs. Click Here to see the form we use to help with your plan.
ReeVue measures the oxygen that the body consumes. Using this measurement it calculates number of calories that an individual burns at rest in a day. This technique is called Indirect Calorimetry. It is a simple test and provides on-screen and printed results in just 10 minutes.