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Con­sid­er­ing a change in life­style habits? It’s not all about the num­ber on the scale. The Nu­tri­tion and Ex­er­cise Test­ing (NEXT) Lab at Ry­er­son Univer­sity in Toronto of­fers a num­ber of fit­ness tests us­ing re­search equip­ment that can be used to track your progress in con­junc­tion with your doc­tor and/or di­eti­tian. One such test is for rest­ing meta­bolic rate (RMR), which mea­sures the num­ber of calo­ries you burn while at rest (i.e., if you did noth­ing all day). “As you’re los­ing weight, you want to make sure that it is pre­served,” says Nick Bel­lis­simo, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of nu­tri­tion and di­rec­tor at NEXT Lab. When you lose lean body mass in­stead of fat, your RMR can drop, and this can put you at a metabol­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged state for weight re­gain, he ex­plains. One way to pre­serve your RMR is to en­sure that you con­sume enough pro­tein through­out the day—about 25 to 30 grams at each meal—and that you are build­ing lean mus­cle mass by in­cor­po­rat­ing some­thing like re­sis­tance train­ing into your work­out rou­tine.

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