I just spent the morning in a Bod Pod and then got strapped to a mask to test my resting metabolic rate at a local gym. I’ve been trying to lose weight, and I wanted to see how close the generic internet calculators (and my electric impedance scale) are to the real deal. I had been estimating my RMR at about 1800, but it turns out it’s actually at nearly 2000. The internet calculators are nowhere near my actual body fat, but my scale was nearly perfect–apparently having a smaller waist than average for your size will throw off body fat calculations based on measurement. I was only about six pounds off on calculating my lean body mass based on what my scale said, which is pretty close considering what I weigh.
The woman who ran the tests said that I have a higher metabolism than average, and I should actually eat about 200 more calories than I have been in order to lose more weight, more if I work out. I’ve been on a minor weight plateau, so I’ll give eating more a shot–it’ll be tough, as I pretty much only eat meat, eggs, vegetables, and the very occasional cheese. I find it hard to get above 1800 calories on my diet, and they wanted me eating about 1975.
All in all, I found it a very interesting and enlightening experience. Any questions?