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Hack my RMR Results

Commented on March 19, 2013
Created February 21, 2013 at 4:43 AM

Hey Hackers. I just got some results from my Resting Metabolic Rate test (indirect calorimetry), and it makes a bit of sense why I haven't been seeing results but raises a few questions. The results are as follows:

RESTING METABOLIC RATE 1342 Calories/Day

VO2 180 ml/min

VCO2 173 ml/min

RQ 0.961

CARBOHYDRATE (%) 89%

FAT (%) 11%

Coefficient of Variation VO2 = 2.78% VCO2 = 5.20%

Now, according to this I am apparently in a State of Fat storage. I've been eating a Ketogenic diet for the past while, and yet have been well over what would be considered maintenance calories, but it makes sense why I haven't been losing any weight for the past while. Opinions would be nice, also perhaps some suggestions wouldn't go astray.

Details - Male, 76.6kg (168.8lbs), 162.5cm (5'4")

Weight training 3 times a week for ~ 1hr, plus 3 cardio sessions a week.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

~ Cricket

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I do agree that playing around with things certainly does help. It's quite strange, but the test gave me a clear understanding of a few things. When I first started Paleo, it worked out I was only eating roughly 1500 - 1600 calories a day, while doing about the same amount of exercise I'm doing now, just with bodyweight and whatnot. While the online calculators do give a good idea for most, I think genetics do play a key role. I was eating at maintenance without even realising it, which caused a lot of frustration. I'm really considering doing IF again, as it just made things easier. Cheers

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on March 14, 2013
at 11:13 AM

While test results can be helpful, I find that playing around with diet and exercise yields the most precise results. In other words, a certain range of macros with a certain amount of exercise found through trial and error will probably give you better results than listening to conventional-wisdom based tests.

Also, how long is the "past while"? How much are over your RMR are you eating in a typical day? More importantly, what do you usually eat on a daily basis? Is it possible that you're losing fat and gaining muscle, which would give a scale result of weight maintenance? By the way, take measurements if you aren't already! They tell a far bigger picture than the scale alone ever could.

Based on the information you've given, I can recommend two things from experience: intermittent fasting (IF) and sprint workouts. The IF doesn't have to follow a precise formula; see how long you can and want to fast while losing weight and maintaining your sanity. Likewise, sprint when you can, or feel free to "sprint" on a bike, in a pool, etc.

In short, good news is that you aren't a metabolic freak with no hope of ever losing weight. Other news is that you will have to work to lose weight, but that doesn't mean you cannot enjoy the process.

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on March 19, 2013
at 12:01 AM

I do agree that playing around with things certainly does help. It's quite strange, but the test gave me a clear understanding of a few things. When I first started Paleo, it worked out I was only eating roughly 1500 - 1600 calories a day, while doing about the same amount of exercise I'm doing now, just with bodyweight and whatnot. While the online calculators do give a good idea for most, I think genetics do play a key role. I was eating at maintenance without even realising it, which caused a lot of frustration. I'm really considering doing IF again, as it just made things easier. Cheers

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on March 14, 2013
at 12:21 PM

Thanks for posting this. I've never had this done, just used the Harris Benedict equation. The RMR you show seems low for your weight - 20% lower than I'd expect - unless you're really old. I won't speculate on what could be causing this but you might want to discuss it with your doctor. I can see how it would make weight loss difficult.

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