Each body is unique and has its differences.
Numerous factors determine the amount of food a person needs, including age, height, weight, stress levels, training history, and how the body metabolizes energy.
Many people make estimates of how much they should be eating, without knowing how their bodies use energy. Such estimates are often imprecise and can give you a hard time figuring out the best nutrition plan for you.
Metabolic testing is the missing piece that can help you find the best plan for yourself without trying every single diet out there. These tests take a deeper look into how your body burns sugar versus fat, whether it is at rest or during exercise.
In this episode of Unleashed Podcast, host Yuri and guest Ken Alamo talk about metabolic testing and its role in achieving fitness goals. Ken is a fitness professional that uses metabolic assessments to optimize his clients’ programs.
Ken explains in detail the different types of metabolic assessment, and how understanding your metabolic rate can improve your overall performance.
Resting metabolic assessment
A resting metabolic test tells you how many calories you burn doing nothing at all. Hence, the number of calories you’d burn if you just lay in bed and rest.
Resting metabolic tests are performed by putting a mask on the client’s face that measures the amount of oxygen versus carbon dioxide they use. This information helps the professionals determine the number of calories the client burns at rest and the fuel sources of their bodies during daily activities.
The purpose of resting metabolic assessment is to better understand your metabolic health and nutrition requirements. This way you can follow an individual plan, based on your goals and metabolic rate.
Active metabolic assessment
We need both sugar and fat for energy. During exercise, we use both of these sources but at different times.
The active metabolic assessment gives you information about your training zones and switching points.
- The point where you burn the most fat per minute
- The point during exercise where you crossover from your fat burn to sugar burn
- The peak where you primarily burn sugar at a 90-95% level.
Furthermore, the active metabolic test evaluates many aspects of your fitness performance, including:
- Metabolic efficiency
- Breathing efficiency
- Fat burning efficiency
- Cardiorespiratory fitness
- Type I and type II muscles
This information can help you build a more efficient training program that is tailored to your individual goals.
The active metabolic test is performed with a program that can be attached to any cardio machine, such as treadmill, elliptical, Stairmaster, rowing machine, assault bike, etc. It usually doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to get the data needed.
After the test, Ken and his team prepare the report within 24 to 48 business hours. Based on your results, you receive the best recommendations for your training style, you learn what to focus on, and what you should improve.
How often should you do active metabolic tests?
This depends on your fitness goals and training style.
A professional athlete with a specific goal might need to do the test every month, while others could do great with a test every three to six months.
For example, if you are preparing for a marathon and the event is 7 months away, it would be best to do a test at the beginning of your preparation, 3 months later, and a third test – one month before the marathon.
Do you want to learn more about metabolic testing? Listen to the full episode of Unleashed Podcast and find out more interesting things that will help you unlock your true potential. You can do that on Youtube, Apple, and Spotify!
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