Metabolic Testing

What is a Metabolic Analyzer?

The Metabolic Analyzer accurately calculates the number of calories you would burn if you were to be at rest for 24 hours. This is called your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) or  your maintenance calories.

Why do you need to find your Metabolic Rate?

One of the most fundamental steps in losing weight is to accurately calculate the amount of calories your burn during the day at rest (also called the resting metabolic rate). How well a person loses weight or maintains their weight depends on how accurately they can calculate their maintenance calories. 

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Why not use the equations available to calculate your metabolic rate?

There are over 150 equations to find the calories you burn at rest (maintenance calories); however, these equations use a lot of assumptions and are prone to errors. Hence they can only predict or estimate the maintenance calories.

The metabolic calculator, on the other hand, can accurately calculate the calories burned during a day for an individual without estimates or predictions. The Metabolic Analyzer is an indirect calculator and is considered to be the gold standard for calculating maintenance calories. 

What are the rates?

UW- Student Rate: $15.00
UW - Stout Staff/Faculty: $25.00

What do I get?

  • Printed analysis of your Resting Metabolic Rate ( RMR) along with the amount of calories required to lose or maintain your weight.
  • Interpretation and explanation of the results by a certified personal trainer.
  • Recommended 7 day meal plan based on your metabolic rate and your goals.  
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How do I make a reservation?

Fill the Metabolic Testing form and make the payment at the HFC front desk. Once you have submitted and paid for, a personal trainer staff will contact you within a few days to schedule your initial appointment (M-F).

Email hunterma@uwstout.edu or call 715-232-5390 if you have any questions.

How should I prepare for the test?

The test takes only 10-15 minutes to complete. But the results and the interpretation of  the results might take almost 45 minutes. The test involves breathing through a mouth piece for 10-15 minutes.

1. You should avoid eating a meal 4 hour before the test. This does not include drinking water.

2. Avoid exercising on the day of your test. This does not include normal activities.

3. If possible, avoid the use of stimulants such as caffeine on the day of the test.