Smart Lab

The gold standard for determining nutritional energy requirements!

The resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the amount of energy (calories) a body burns while at rest, which accounts for approximately 70% of the body's daily energy expenditure. The RMR test is the newest addition to the SMART Lab services, and is the gold standard for determining nutritional energy requirements.

When you visit the SMART Lab, a highly skilled research assistant will direct you to rest quietly for 30 minutes before the test commences. Because the test measures metabolic activity, tests are only available in the morning (8 and 9AM slots only). Participants are encouraged to avoid exercising within a day of the assessment, and eating or drinking anything (except water, avoid drinking cold water) 12 hours prior to the test in order to receive accurate results. If possible, avoid the use of stimulants, such as caffeine, on the day of the test. Consult with a physician before skipping a dose of any prescribed stimulant. Over-the-counter antihistamines, caffeine & some herbal remedies should be avoided.

There are no discomforts associated with the assessment. When you are done you will receive a comprehensive report of your RMR that you can use to make informed decisions regarding your health. Because of its accuracy, the RMR service is ideal for those embarking on a weight loss or weight gain regime, or for those interested in making lifestyle nutritional changes to improve their quality of life. For weight management and a healthy lifestyle, see our BODPOD + RMR package. Also, inquire about the "Track Your Progress" package for how to save 20% on repeat assessments.

Note: The resting metabolic rate assessment is only available to be scheduled until 9 AM to satisfy test criteria and ensure accurate results.