If you want to lose weight or build muscle it is very important to know how many calories you need to maintain your weight based on your unique metabolism, so the amount of calories you need to lose or gain can be accurately determined. The metabolism test is a small hand-held device you breathe into while your nose is plugged. It takes about 10 minutes. It is not uncomfortable nor difficult to do – you just sit still and breathe.
The results of the metabolism test will be explained and compared to an equation to determine how efficient your metabolism is at the time of service. Your dietitian nutritionist will review these results with you at a nutrition counseling session and give you calorie and macronutrient goals (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) to help you reach your weight, body composition, and health goals.
How do I prepare?
The metabolism measurement may be scheduled at any time but it is important to avoid caffeine and not eat, drink (water is OK) or exercise 4 hours before the test.
Requirements to get the most accurate results:
- Do not eat or drink anything for at least 4 hrs. prior to your scheduled appt. except for water.
- Do not exercise for at least 4 hrs. prior to your scheduled appt.
- Do not drink caffeine or nutrition supplements for 4 hrs. prior to your scheduled appt.
- Do not use nicotine for 1 hour prior to your scheduled appt. You can continue to take any prescribed medications.
How much does the Metabolism Test cost?
Some insurance plans are now covering metabolism testing. For more information about whether your insurance will cover metabolism testing please fill out our insurance verification form.
- METABOLISM TESTING (self – pay) ……………………………….………………… $75
If you have BCBS, AETNA, CIGNA or UNITED we will submit your visit to your insurance company. If your metabolism test is not covered 100 percent you will be charged the remaining balance for co-pays, co-insurance, or deductibles or if your insurance does not cover any portion of the test you will be charged the full self-pay rate.
How do I schedule Metabolism Testing?
Contact us to schedule a METABOLISM TEST at your in office nutrition counseling visit with your licensed dietitian nutritionist or at our Nutrition Assessment Center at our Alexandria Office Location.