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Ever wondered how many calories you ACTUALLY need to survive? No? Fair enough, but I have. And for that reason, I decided to get a metabolic test.
A metabolism test (MT) measures the rate at which the body uses oxygen or burns calories. It can provide an estimation of how many calories a person burns when at rest or during activity, which can help with your performance and weight goals. MT is significantly more accurate than using an online calculator or guestimates. Now these do have a level of accuracy and should not be chucked in the bin. But if data drives everything, then accurate data drives everything faster.
A MT is also V02 max test. This finds the body's maximum ability to consume oxygen, an indication of physical fitness. Your V02 Max can indicate your lactate threshold, which if you're looking to increase sporting performance might be useful in advising your training. One thing the MT test highlights is heart rate training zones. A heart rate training zone is a range that defines the upper and lower limits of training intensities.
Now, we think much of this is 'overkill' in terms of information. But it can give you a decent snapshot of your overall fitness. AND when used as a baseline test, a retest followed by a period of training can tell you what, if any, adaptations have taken place in terms of your fitness. I used MT basically to determine my calorie requirements for fat loss. So what were the results? Well interestingly they were pretty much in the parameters of most online calculators. But its good to have an 'official' reading to know you're on the right track.
So do we recommend a MT? Well, if you like data and want specific training guidelines then the MT might be something you want to look into. Its not completely necessary, but as a tool for fat loss or muscle gain it might be something you take advantage of. If you're REALLY into your fitness and performance then periodic testing is good idea. For me, I'll use it periodically to inform my calorie requirements. For now, thats all I need it for.