Measuring Exact Metabolic Rate
Historically, determining resting metabolic rate was largely an estimate based on age, gender and build. Henry Ford Macomb Hospital has technology that exactly measures metabolism. It's a device called ReeVue.
By knowing the exact metabolic rate of our patients, we know for sure how many calories they need to maintain their current weight and precisely how many calories to allot them to maximize their weight loss strategy.
ReeVue is FDA-approved and covered by some insurance providers. ReeVue finds the resting metabolic rate by measuring how much oxygen patients are absorbing. Most people breathe about the same rate, but everyone absorbs different amounts of oxygen, based on their metabolism. Patients fast for at least four hours - overnight is preferable. They come to the Center for Weight Management and breathe into a tube-like apparatus for four to six minutes.