I was going to say exactly the same thing as Bunnykicks. No one here is qualified to decipher your test results because even if someone were a doctor, they can't comment without access to all your medical background.
But the doctor who ordered the test did, and explaining the results is part of the test. Your doctor skipped part of the job you paid him/her to do-- probably the most important part of the job. It's probably too late to go back now; they would need to run the test again because things change. But when you do have another test done, be sure to insist on an appointment to go over the results. Tests are no good if nobody does anything with them!
Also, the numbers you're getting from your BodyMedia aren't BMR. BMR is your Basal Metabolic Rate, the calories your body uses for basic biological function-- it's what you would burn if you never got out of bed. The numbers you're getting are the total calorie expenditure for the day, and if the machine were accurate, they're normal to a bit high. If you're slightly overweight and not particularly muscular, there's nothing abnormal about 1500 on a day without activity. I wouldn't take those readings as a sign of a problem. I'd be more concerned about your readings on active days being too *high,* frankly; a two-hour walk *shouldn't* burn 1500 calories. Even a 2-hour run shouldn't use up that much. I don't burn 3000 calories in a day when I hike 8 hours up a mountain. I would suggest you double-check all the settings on your device, and if nothing changes, talk to your doctor when you get to Germany to make sure there's not a problem with your heart rate or rhythm that's giving you those high readings.
Anyway, 1500 calories total expenditure on your inactive days is just a bit low-- it probably doesn't mean there's anything wrong with your metabolism, but it does suggest that you could benefit from increasing your lean muscle mass (resistance training-- and no, you DON'T have to have access to a gym for that!), and from making your inactive days a little less inactive. For example, if you're sitting down right now to read this, put a box on your desk or table and put your laptop or your monitor and keyboard on it so you can stand instead of sitting. It takes more calories to stand than to sit, plus you tend to fidget more while standing. If you work at a place where smokers get to take smoke breaks, tell your supervisor that you want to take the same time as walk breaks. (If you're self-employed, be the progressive supervisor who encourages your employee to take walk breaks!)
I don't think that the results of a year-old test are going to be very helpful even if someone does know how to interpret the numbers, but the good news is that you'll have excellent access to medical care once you get to Germany. Be sure to take advantage of it!
Edited by: ANARIE at: 7/7/2013 (12:24)
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