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Nutrients 2018, 10(11), 1635;

Accuracy and Validity of Resting Energy Expenditure Predictive Equations in Middle-Aged Adults

Department of Medical Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
Promoting Fitness and Health through physical activity research group (PROFITH), Department of Physical Education and Sports, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Received: 18 September 2018 / Revised: 29 October 2018 / Accepted: 31 October 2018 / Published: 2 November 2018
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Indirect calorimetry (IC) is considered the reference method to determine the resting energy expenditure (REE), but its use in a clinical context is limited. Alternatively, there is a number of REE predictive equations to estimate the REE. However, it has been shown that the available REE predictive equations could either overestimate or underestimate the REE as measured by IC. Moreover, the role of the weight status in the accuracy and validity of the REE predictive equations requires further attention. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the accuracy and validity of REE predictive equations in normal-weight, overweight, and obese sedentary middle-aged adults. A total of 73 sedentary middle-aged adults (53% women, 40–65 years old) participated in the study. We measured REE by indirect calorimetry, strictly following the standard procedures, and we compared it with the values obtained from 33 predictive equations. The most accurate predictive equations in middle-aged sedentary adults were: (i) the equation of FAO/WHO/UNU in normal-weight individuals (50.0% of prediction accuracy), (ii) the equation of Livingston in overweight individuals (46.9% of prediction accuracy), and (iii) the equation of Owen in individuals with obesity (52.9% of prediction accuracy). Our study shows that the weight status plays an important role in the accuracy and validity of different REE predictive equations in middle-aged adults. View Full-Text
Keywords: metabolic rate; basal metabolism; indirect calorimetry; energy balance; obesity metabolic rate; basal metabolism; indirect calorimetry; energy balance; obesity

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    Description: Excel sheet that automatically estimates the REE and the total energy expenditure using 68 equations considering anthropometric and/or body composition parameters (if available)
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    Description: Resting energy expenditure predictive equations
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    Description: Validity of resting energy expenditure (REE) predictive equations in normal-weight, overweight and obese adults

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Amaro-Gahete, F.J.; Jurado-Fasoli, L.; De-la-O, A.; Gutierrez, Á.; Castillo, M.J.; Ruiz, J.R. Accuracy and Validity of Resting Energy Expenditure Predictive Equations in Middle-Aged Adults. Nutrients 2018, 10, 1635.

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