Your Metabolic Rate

Your Metabolic Rate

by Jesse de la Cruz

Your BMR is your basal metabolic rate.  This is the measure of total energy expanded for normal maintenance, repair, and function of the body if you are resting (not sleeping) during a 24-hour period.  The higher your basal metabolic rate, the faster and more continuously you’ll burn calories, even while in a rested or relaxed state.

Scientific studies confirm that people who exercise aerobically for 30-45 minutes at 75 percent of their capacity will continue to burn calories at an increased rate for several hours after exercising.  If you’re a bit overweight from carrying to much fat on your body, consider getting in about three aerobic workouts a week until you have reached an acceptable point.  What is acceptable depends on you, never go by weight use dress size for ladies and waist size for men; it is an easier measurable goal.

After beginning or resuming a rigorous training program, your BMR will actually increase after a few weeks.  Fitness athletes generally have a higher resting metabolism than the average sedentary person.  Other factors must also be considered, as everyone has individual metabolism and metabolic functions.  Age, sex, body size, and body weight, as well as your endocrine system (hormones) function, are some of the variables influencing your BMR.  That is way any good trainer or nutritionist that knows this will emphasize a physical or screening from the doctor or mid-level before beginning any riorous exercise plan.  Believe me people prevention is the key to your long term health goals…especially in this day in age of health care crisis, be responsible for yourself..Next blog will elaborate more on BMR and the formula for estimating it..till then “stay positive”

About the Author

Jesse de la Cruz is a Registered Nurse with a minor in Nutrition.  He is also a National Level Bodybuilder whose passion is to help others achieve their fitness goals via weight training, cardiovascular exercise and good nutrition.

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2 Responses for Your Metabolic Rate

  1. PamSc

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    January 22, 2013 6:19 pm

    I agree that increasing metabolic rate is one of the most important things to do. I know my BMR is about 1,870 (found if here http://caloriecalc.net/basal-metabolic-rate/weight-800_height-1730_age-30_gender-woman/imperial#results ) but I don’t know, is how much should I increase it to loose extra 10 lbs :/

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      February 7, 2013 9:45 pm

      I would recommend creating a caloric deficit of 300 calories every day. With some weight training (40 min) 2 days on and 1 day off, and some cardio (30 min on days off) you will make the rest of the deficit needed to lose those 10 lbs in around 5-6 weeks. Best! Lee