Calorie assessment

What is MedGem?

MedGem is a breath test that accurately measures your unique metabolic rate, in other words, the calories you burn at rest to maintain vital body functions such as heart rate, breathing, and brain function. Your metabolic rate is as individual as you. It’s influenced by a number of factors including body weight, muscle weight, age, gender and hormones. Knowing your metabolic rate allows dietitians to provide a nutrition and exercise program that’s just right for you.

How does it work?

Your body combines food (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) with oxygen to produce energy. The MedGem measures the amount of oxygen your body uses and determines your metabolism in calories per day. The test is administered by simply breathing into the small, handheld MedGem device for up to 10 minutes. Results are available immediately.

How can it help with weight management?

Have you ever started a diet but wondered how many calories you should target? Metabolism accounts for the majority of the total calories a person burns each day which makes it an important component to establishing daily calorie needs. Weight maintenance occurs when the calories you consume match the calories you burn. To achieve weight loss you have to consume fewer calories and likewise for weight gain you need extra calories. The MedGem measurement takes the guesswork out of this process and provides an accurate assessment of your calorie needs.

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