Metabolic Efficiency Testing


About Metabolic Efficiency Testing

Shortly after Bob Seebohar created the concept of Metabolic Efficiency Training™️ in 2003, he knew he wanted to find a way to measure it. Firmly believing in the fact that if you can't manage what you don't measure, Bob put his exercise physiologist hat on to determine if he could develop a test that would quantify the body's ability to enhance fat-burning and preserve carbohydrate stores. In a short amount of time, he created the testing protocol which can validate if an athlete's nutrition program is meeting their goals. 

Metabolic Efficiency testing is a sub-maximal nutrition assessment that can validate if your daily nutrition plan is supporting your body's ability to burn more fat and at the same time, preserve precious carbohydrate stored in the body to supply enough energy for about 2 hours of moderate intense exercise. Contrast that to having hours upon hours of energy supplied from almost unlimited fat stores and you can see why we want to improve the body's ability to use fat as energy. This helps both health and performance markers. And yes, contrary to popular belief, you can burn fat at higher exercise intensities. In fact, we have measured an endurance athlete who used a large portion of fat (61%) at 87% of his VO2 peak. It is possible!

Along with identifying if and when your body crosses from using more fat to carbohydrates, termed your Metabolic Efficiency Point (MEP), Bob has also identified important physiological variables that will help you further understand your body and its "nutritional fitness". With the eNRG Performance Metabolic Efficiency testing, you will not only learn if you have an MEP but also at what intensities (heart rate, power, pace, RPE) you are least and most efficient. This crucial information helps our trained Sports Dietitians to customize a daily and training nutrition plan that is right for your individual health, fitness level, gender, and physiology. There are no generic recommendations. We personalize all of your nutrition plans based on the findings from the test and we mold it into your lifestyle to make it simple and sustainable.

No guessing. No wondering. No mistakes. As we like to say, "Test. Don't guess."

The Deliverables

Here is what you can expect to receive during your interpretation with one of our Sports Dietitians.

  1. Resting data including resting metabolic rate, resting heart rate, percent carbohydrate and fat oxidation. This helps us understand the impact of your current nutrition plan on your overall health.
  2. Metabolic Efficiency Point (MEP). Some athletes have it, some don't. This is why we like to measure. Remember, "Test. Don't guess."
  3. Amount of carbohydrate and fat calories and grams you burn at various exercise intensity levels per hour. The intensity is measured by speed, heart rate, pace/power, and rating of perceived exertion.
  4. The total amount of total calories your body burns at each exercise intensity level.
  5. Calorie Efficiency Range. This is a range created by Bob Seebohar that provides you with an accurate range of calories to consume during exercise based on your current fitness level, gender, and digestive system, as opposed to research recommendations that are cookie-cutter in nature and do not account for gender differences.
  6. Fully customized daily and training nutrition plan from a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (that's the best of the best in Sport Dietetics) that will improve your Metabolic Efficiency health and performance.

Metabolic Efficiency Point (MEP)

This ist he Metabolic Efficiency Point graph that will show if and where your MEP happens. It is unique to each person and your daily nutrition will account for roughly 75% of your body's ability to use fat and carbohydrate. Your MEP can change in as little as three weeks when your nutrition plan is correct.

Calorie Oxidation (Burning) Per Hour

This graph shows how many total calories you burn per intensity stage per hour and, more importantly, where those calories are coming from. It is important for us to know not only total calories burned but also how many of these come from carbohydrate and fat.

Total Calorie Intake Efficiency Range: 10-40%

After years of gathering data from athletes, Bob Seebohar finally determined the proper range of calories that individuals should eat per hour based on their unique physiology and gender. The hourly calorie range will change based on your level of metabolic efficiency.

The Testing

You will visit us in a fasted state and prepare for both a resting and a sub-maximal exercise test. The resting measurement lasts 10-15 minutes and the exercise portion typically lasts 20-45 minutes (depending on your level of "metabolic fitness"). You can expect your appointment to last 1.5 - 2 hours. We like to spend quality time with you after your test to make sure you have a full understanding of your results and the nutrition plan that we construct for you. After the test, we will  explain the results, interpret the data and formulate a daily nutrition and nutrient timing plan based on your individual data and your health and performance goals.

Learn More About Metabolic Efficiency Training

Test. Don't Guess.

If you want to know how efficient, or inefficient, you are in using fat and carbohydrate as energy, then this test is for you!

Your purchase is for one Metabolic Efficiency Test and a full daily and training nutrition plan that is customized to your goals and physiology.

Testing location: Littleton, Colorado

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We understand that you may not be able to visit us in beautiful Colorado but you would still like our expertise in interpreting the data you received from another institution that measured your Metabolic Efficiency.

You provide us with the raw data of your Metabolic Efficiency test and we will interpret it, package it into an easy-to-understand deliverable, and also provide you with a customized nutrition plan via a 60-minute telephone/video call.

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