Indirect Calorimetry (Metabolism testing)
The results from valid metabolic testing are an extremely valuable tool in helping you reach your weight management or sports performance goalsThere are many tests and equations designed to give people an insight into their metabolism. The equations have a high degree of error as they do NOT take into account many of the factors that cause a person’s individual metabolism to vary.
The most practical and accurate way to have your metabolism measured is using a process called indirect calorimetry, whereby the oxygen you use and the carbon dioxide you produce is measured. Like a car, while burning fuel your body uses oxygen (which you breathe in) and produces carbon dioxide (which you breathe out) and measuring this enables us to determine how much fuel you burn.
Indirect calorimetry is conducted at rest and during exercise to give a complete profile of how your body burns fuel. The results from valid metabolic testing are an extremely valuable tool in helping you reach your weight management or sports performance goals. It is essential that the tests are valid as accuracy of the results is vitally important. Tests should only be conducted in a controlled environment by highly expert professionals using high grade equipment otherwise there is a strong likelihood of inaccuracies in your results.
The indirect calorimetry tests that we conduct fall into 3 main categories:
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