Resting Metabolic Rate – Results

Ok folks. I am ready to spill the beans… I really love getting this kind of data and chewing on it for a while.

In the spirit of not overwhelming you with data, I am going to break the information concerning the three fitness test that I took this past week into three different posts.  And I haven’t decided how I am going to do the video yet. But stay tuned.

Let me start by saying that I thought I knew how to lose weight. I began by restricting my caloric intake to no more than 1900 calories per day (which I adjusted a few times up and down over several months). I started actually counting calories by using MyFitnessPal. I started exercising on a regular basis.

And it worked.

For around 30 weeks.

So now it isn’t working. I am not a quitter though. I am pushing forward by seeking out professional help and I will get through this and come out leaner and meaner on the other side. With the results of the test that I did, I am committing the next 12 weeks to changing some things up in order to get over the hump.  At that point I will redo the tests and we will see what the results are.

Now to the goods…

Resting Metabolic Rate Results
So we established in previous posts that the resting metabolic rate tells you how many calories it takes for your body to function properly.  I laid on the table, pinched my nose with a clamp, and breathed through a tube for 10 minutes in order to get my RMR results. It was never uncomfortable, but it is weird breathing through a little mouth piece like that and NOT seeing any fish or moray eels.

According to the test, my resting energy expenditure is 2578 calories.

That puts me at 8% above NORMAL on the metabolism scale (according to the chart on my paperwork…) Higher metabolism explains why I burn crazy numbers of calories when I workout too in case anyone was wondering.

So it has been medically established that my body needs 2500 calories JUST TO FUNCTION normally and maintain my current weight.  That means that if I am only consuming 1900 calories at best and crushing 700+ calories 5-6 days a week when working out, then I am totally starving myself and my body is freaking out. OF COURSE my body wants to hold on to every morsel I put in it right now. It had no idea when I might be getting enough to function again.

Once again, according to the results, my target calorie consumption in order to LOSE WEIGHT, without taking into account exercise, is between 2000-2500 calories.

When Anne Moore, the exercise physiologist, saw the results, she told me almost immediately that I HAD to get my calorie consumption up to 2500 calories in the next two weeks. I was actually in a situation where I could be doing harm by not consuming enough and that only those on medically supervised diet should have a calorie restriction so low.

She also said that there is a good chance that I will show increases on the scale over the next couple of weeks until I get my body out of the starvation mode and it realizes that the 2500 calories will be a normal thing from now on.

Huh, how you like them almond butter covered apples? Looks like I will need to figure out how to add around 600 clean and beautiful calories to my daily intake.

So in my next post I will post the results from the VO2 max test and then discuss what they mean. The results are not all that surprising, but what I do with the information will be controversial and scandalous. Well, maybe not that dramatic, but interesting regardless.

I hope that you guys find this information as interesting as I do. Sorry if you don’t.

Peace, love, recycle.


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12 comments to Resting Metabolic Rate – Results

  • Jess
    Twitter: _J2

    Interesting! I know we’ve all heard/read that youve got to fuel your body appropriately, but that must feel awesome to have concrete, legit numbers! It’ll be great to see how your body adjusts.

    If (more likely- when) I hit a big ol’ plateau this will be something to keep In mind. Where these strays something your insurance covered? (if you don’t mind me asking!)

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    Twitter: itallchanges

    So interesting. I’ve always made the same judgement on calories based on what I read. I wonder how many people make the same mistakes.

  • Run with Jess
    Twitter: RUNwJESS

    Interesting indeed… not sure I could allow myself to add calories and temporarily gain weight…

  • Molly Nitka
    Twitter: MollyMFNitka

    Very interesting data!

  • i am thrilled to read this, i went through a very similar situation recently, though without all of the tests, my nutritionist/physician friend and i figured out that i need around 2450 to maintain, and that i was only eating around 1100 (1800 on MFP plus 500-800 calorie burns in working out). i got stuck too! so i started eating more nuts and avocados and now i am losing pretty consistently! i am so glad i am not alone, i thought i was nuts,….. i wanna get all those tests done now just to confirm LOL

  • Kris @Krazy_Kris
    Twitter: krazy_kris

    YUP! No surprise here – granted I am OLDER than you and a GIRL and have no credentials and my numbers are totally different – but I would watch your info on calories and always wonder.


    Good for you – very cool info!

  • MCM Mama
    Twitter: mcmmama

    Interesting. I’m not surprised though – I’m a girl and a whole lot smaller than you and I eat close to 1900 calories a day…

    Good luck mentally surviving watching the weight go up until your body settles in. I get the science, but I know I’d be cringing LOL.

  • Kayla @ Sprouty Buns
    Twitter: Sprouty_Buns

    Incredibly interesting!! If you don’t mind me asking … what type of medical provider will perform this test and how much did you have to pay out of pocket?

  • Scott @ Your Inner Skinny
    Twitter: yourinnerskinny

    I’m hungry.

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