This morning I did a resting metabolic rate test with a dietician and nutritionist. I really want to hone in my nutrition and feel more confident about my choices. There is so much conflicting information out there, and I don’t feel as though I have found something which works for me specifically.
I am lucky enough to live in an area where there are A LOT endurance athletes.
San Francisco was even rated Runner’s World Best Running City!
This means there are some pretty awesome endurance athlete coaches around as well. I found Dorette Franks through several searches of the InterWebs – and found out she is actually affiliated with one of the gyms I go to! (Yes, I use more than one gym.) I am really excited to be working with Dorette because she has run many marathons (Boston included), as well as done several Ironmans.
Why do I want to work with a nutritionist?
I eat pretty well, but I have been feeling lost lately. I have added some good lean muscle mass, but some unwanted body fat as well. I want to find the healthiest way to be at my best racing weight. Running marathons just isn’t something our bodies are built to do. It takes a little extra special care with fueling to race and recover well. Especially when we are trying to push our limits.
What is resting metabolic rate?
Resting metabolic rate is the number of calories your body would burn if you did nothing else but sit in a chair all day. When you add in your daily lifestyle, and exercise, you get a better idea of your body’s daily caloric expenditure.
How is the test done?
I did the test fasted and prior to working out of any kind. When I got to Dorette’s office, we talked about my goals and then I sat in a chair for 10 minutes to get my heart rate to resting. Then, I breathed into a tube for another 10 minutes which measured my CO2 output. I had a clip on my nose and it was very weird feeling! But the time passed quickly.
What did I learn?
My resting metabolic rate is 1,325 calories. For my daily caloric expenditure, I would need to add on “lifestyle activity” burn (walking the dog, cleaning the house, ect) and exercise calories.
We also talked about metabolic efficiency and working toward leaning out and teaching my body to burn fuel most efficiently.
I am so excited to go back for my next couple of sessions with Dorette and learn more. She is really supportive of my goals and I am really excited to have someone so knowledgable to help me.