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What is a Metabolic Scan?

Metabolic Scans directly measure your metabolism (the amount of energy your body uses for normal functioning).

Understanding how much energy your body requires is fundamental in having great health.

Often, weight gain, weight loss, low energy and low mood are directly related to poor energy management.

Metabolic Scans measure your breathing by placing a specialised veil over your head.

When you breathe in and out, energy leaves your body through your breath.

The machine measures this energy (by-products), telling you what your energy requirements are.

Who is the Metabolic Scan for?

Anyone struggling with weight loss, gain or experiencing a plateau .
People with hormone or endocrine conditions e.g. PCOS, Obesity, HRT, Hormone Drug Therapy.
Athletes serious about optimizing and ‘dialling’ in their energy, aesthetics and performance.

I’ve booked in for a Metabolic Scan... Do I need to prepare for it?

For the most accurate results, ensure that you follow the 5 steps prior to the test:

No intense exercise (for 14 hours prior to test) i.e. no weightlifting or gym work
Fasted (no food for 5 hours prior to test)
No coffee (for 3 hours prior to test)
No alcohol or smoking (for 2 hours prior to test)
No moderate exercise (for 2 hours prior to test) i.e. more than a 20 minute walk at a moderate pace.

How often should I get a Metabolic Scan?

Metabolic Scan frequency depends on 3 factors:

  • How fast you are gaining or losing weight
  • How often your medications change
  • How extreme your energy fluctuations are

Commonly, most people get a Metabolic Scan every 3 months as this is sufficient time to see weight, medication, hormone and energy plateaus.

How long does the Metabolic Scan take?

Metabolic Scans take the full duration of the appointment (30 minutes). The machine requires 5 minutes of consistent baseline data and the test itself runs for 15-20 minutes with a dietitian ensuring that the data is accurate at all times. After the test, the technician will help you book a follow-up session to explain your data and results. It takes the technician time to consolidate your data and results following your initial scan.

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Metabolic Scan FAQ


If your private health insurance extras cover includes dietetics, they will contribute in helping pay for the scan.

If you are eligible for a GP chronic disease management plan, the bulk bill fee will be applied and you will only need to pay the difference (~$50 p/session).

  • Bioimpedence scales use an electric current and assumptions about lean muscle mass (often inaccurately) to estimate your resting metabolic rate.
  • Unfortunately, the scale calculations are often highly variable due to hydration status of individuals.
  • On the positive side, Bioimpedence scales can be extremely cheap.
  • DEXA Scans use radiation (like an x-ray) to measure your body composition.
  • DEXA Scans are extremely accurate but are still affected by movement, placement and the skill of the technician.
  • The downside of DEXA scans is that they can be expensive and you are being exposed to radiation which can be a concern for young / pregnant women.
  • Metabolic Scans are cheap, extremely accurate, have no health side effects and do not make assumptions to calculate your metabolic rate.
  • Metabolic Scans measure the amount of oxygen versus carbon dioxide which is how the body removes waste products i.e. energy such as fat.
  • Metabolic Scans are accurate to within 1% error margin when our testing protocols are followed.

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