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Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) or Basal Metabolic Rate ( BMR)
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) or Basal Metabolic Rate ( BMR) is the rate at which you burn energy or calories when resting. This helps fulfill the basic requirements of the body to function optimally. Calories are required constantly to perform essential body functions like heartbeat, respiration, elimination of wastes by the kidneys, etc. On an average around 50 to 75% of one's daily energy expenditure is attributed towards this resting metabolic rate.
If you wish to lose weight, your calorie consumption should be calculated so that you can take care of the vital basic body function. Your workout should be such that you burn more calories than you consume above your basic requirement. Knowing this will help you shed the extra weight sensibly.
BMR calculator may overestimate and underestimate the calorie requirement for muscular body mass and athletic body respectively.
Facts about Basal Metabolic Rate and Weight Loss Programmes
- Resting metabolic rate slows down as the age increases and weight decreases.
- Genes and environmental temperature play a vital role in metabolic rate.
- Gain in muscle mass will increase your metabolic rate.
- BMR is higher in men when compared to women.
- If you are ill or sick, your resting metabolic rate increases to fight against the infection.
- Dietary deficiencies like iodine deficiency lead to decreased metabolic rate.
- Effective weight loss needs increased metabolic rate to burn extra calories, which can be achieved by exercising.