Measurement of Energy Expenditure in Man: A Review of Available Methods

James Levine, Marsha Morgan

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Measurement of energy expenditure in man is required to assess metabolic needs and fuel utilization. Indirect and direct calorimetric and non-calorimetric methods for measuring energy expenditure are reviewed and their relative value for measurement in the clinical setting assessed. Where high accuracy is required and sufficient resources are available, chamber-based indirect and direct calorimeters are optimal. If less accurate measurements are acceptable, or resources are limited, flexible total collection systems or canopy ventilated, flow-over, indirect calorimetry systems provide assessments of acceptable accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-343
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Nutritional Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


  • direct calorimetry
  • energy balance
  • energy expenditure
  • indirect calorimetry
  • metabolism
  • resting metabolic rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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