Stoking Your Metabolic Furnace

Stoking Your Metabolic Furnace Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) accounts for about 70% of the calories you burn in any 24 hour period. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests the rate you burn calories at rest can also influence the number of calories you consume. Analyzing the eating habits of 41 overweight and obese subjects over a 12-week period, researchers determined that those with a higher RMR were hungrier and consumed more calories than subjects with lower rates.

True Strength Moment: While a high RMR might not be ideal for someone who is overweight and out of shape, being able to burn more calories throughout the day is generally considered to be an advantage to those with ambitious fitness and weight management goals. This rate is influenced by a number of factors some of which you have control over. While RMR decreases with age, you can compensate by building more muscle mass and eating smaller meals more often. Here's a tip for winter: RMR increases during cold weather.
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