Food Quotient Calculator – Enter your macros and see the RQ that will result
Earlier I looked at how the Respiratory Quotient relates to future fat gain (RQ and Family Factors). This paper reviews evidence that the macro-nutrient composition of the diet and the maintenance of energy balance are correlated. (Am J Clin Nutr. 1993 May;57(5 Suppl):759S-764S. Food quotient, respiratory quotient, and energy balance. Westerterp KR.).
Given the timeframe of the paper it reaches some predictable conclusions in support of a low fat diet but the text itself indicates otherwise. One interesting comment, though relates to the dietary figure of merit – Food Quotient:
…in the long term, the respiratory quotient (RQ) is closer to the food quotient (FQ) for subjects eating high-fat diets than it is for subjects eating high-carbohydrate diets.
What is the Food Quotient (FQ)? From (Søren Toubro, Thorkild I. A. Sørensen, Charlotte Hindsberger, Niels, Juel Christensen, Arne Astrup. Twenty-Four-Hour Respiratory Quotient: The Role of Diet and Familial Resemblance. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 83, Issue 8, 1 August 1998, Pages 2758–2764).
The largest factor is carbs. The FQ for my last week’s meals was:
This is spooky close to the value I got at the start of my VO2 max test (0.73).