A metabolic test gives you an exact measurement of your daily calorie needs, so that you can optimize your plan for weight loss or sports performance.
How does a BodyGem Metabolic Test work?
Many factors impact how many calories you need each day: your thyroid function, medications, caffeine use, age, exercise, and your body composition (i.e. how much muscle you have).
When you see an estimate of how many calories you need (i.e. in an app on your phone), it’s just that: a rough estimate. It can be off by hundreds of calories.
The BodyGem Metabolic test actually measures your exact calorie needs by testing your resting metabolic rate (RMR). It’s a painless, simple, and quick breath test. You breathe naturally for several minutes while holding the sterile device in your mouth.
After the test, you receive a report that tells you your exact metabolic rate and metabolic profile. You’ll also get a professional interpretation and plan from one of our trained Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
Why get a Metabolic Rate Test?
Learning your metabolic profile improves your success with:
- Knowing exactly how much energy (calories) you need for weight loss, maintenance, or weight gain
- Optimizing your nutrition for sports performance
- Achieving weight loss or ideal body fat percentage maintenance
Learn more about the benefits of BodyGem metabolic testing:
Can I use a metabolic test for weight loss?
Yes, traditional energy requirement estimations are very rough and inaccurate. They can be off by hundreds of calories. Metabolic testing allows you to measure exactly how much energy you need each day.
Routine metabolic testing also allows you to measure changes in your metabolism and calorie needs over time.
Ideally, complement your metabolic test with support and guidance from our expert Registered Dietitians. We can help you to interpret your data. We also make sure you get value from the data. For example, we will give you an individualized break-down of how much protein, fat, and carbohydrate to eat each day (and from which foods). We help you make a plan that is effective at getting you to your goals.
Can I use a metabolic testing for sports performance?
Absolutely. BodyGem metabolic tests are excellent for optimizing sports nutrition. Getting the right amount of energy each day is critical for performance. Too little or too few calories can both be problematic.
Also, traditional energy estimation equations are very inaccurate for athletes. They were created for people with average body composition. Because athletes often have a lower body fat percentage than average, normal energy estimation equations under-estimate the calories needed.
Ideally, complement your metabolic testing for sports performance with support and guidance from our expert Registered Dietitians. We can help you to interpret your data. We also make sure you get value from the data. For example, we can provide an individualized macro-nutrient break-down, pre and post-workout nutrition planning, and a fueling plan for during exercise. We help you make a plan that is effective at getting you to your performance goals. Learn more about our sports nutrition services HERE.
Who else can benefit from metabolic rate testing?
Almost anyone can benefit from knowing their metabolic rate (resting metabolic rate) and daily calorie needs.
Other groups who can benefit include:
- Children with slow growth
- Children who have been diagnosed with childhood obesity
- Individuals with eating disorders (the data is useful for planning a healthy and safe energy intake)
- People who want to gain weight
Our experienced Registered Dietitians can help you to interpret your data, then to leverage that data into an actionable plan. Contact us for more information, or purchase a metabolism test and we’ll be in touch with more details and support.
What is the cost of metabolic testing?
Our BodyGem metabolic testing is available for $95* total for existing clients in the clinic. If you are not already established with us, the cost is $125*. The test must be administered in our clinic in Southern Pines, North Carolina (Moore County). Our clinic is an easy drive from Fayetteville, Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Seven Lakes, Vass, Carthage, Fort Bragg, Sanford, and Cary or Raleigh, NC. Purchase your device from our online store (below) and contact you to schedule a 20-minute testing appointment. We’ll also reach out to ask if you’d like expert dietitian support with your interpretation and planning based on your metabolic profile report.
* Lean for Life Membership participants receive a 10% discount on the BodyGem metabolic test! Want to learn more about our Lean for Life membership? Check it out here.
Personalized Dietitian support for your metabolic profile
Our Registered and Licensed Dietitians are trained and experienced with helping you to understand and interpret your metabolic test profile. You will receive a printed report with your resting metabolic rate (RMR) and metabolic type. We’ll then incorporate this information into a complete plan that helps you achieve your health goals. Between visits, you’ll have direct chat access to our Dietitian coaches, so that you can get optimal outcomes. Our professional support includes:
- Education about your data and what it means
- Coaching of simple things to try or implement based on your readings
- Tips on how to optimize your plan for the most value
- Support with questions that arise during your plan
- Insights on how to best optimize your diet and lifestyle going forward
Before or at the time of testing, we recommend scheduling a consultation with a Dietitian on our team, so that you can combine your metabolic test report with your full medical picture to create a complete and realistic plan. We’ll turn your metabolism test into a tool that you can use to improve your health and longevity.
Is the BodyGem Metabolism Assessment Safe and Accurate?
Yes, the BodyGem test is safe for all ages, but children must be old enough to sit quietly and still for 5 minutes for accurate results. A fresh sterile mouth piece is used for each test, and the device is fully sterilized after each use.
BodyGem has been validated numerous times and is within 1%-3% accurate as compared to the most accurate testing method (metabolic card). In other words, the BodyGem is highly accurate. For best results, the BodyGem metabolic test should be taken 4 hours after any food or exercise.
Ready to test your metabolic rate?
Awesome! Just purchase your device from our store below. We’ll reach out to get you set up with an appointment. You’ll need to come to our clinic in Southern Pines, North Carolina (Moore County). Our clinic is an easy drive from Fayetteville, Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Seven Lakes, Vass, Carthage, Fort Bragg, Sanford, and Cary or Raleigh, NC.
We also recommend setting up a consult with us HERE for optimal utilization of your results. Contact us and we can combine your metabolic test and nutrition consult into one visit. We’ll leverage your data into a plan that’s realistic and effective for optimizing your health.