A Simple Way to Calculate Your Resting Metabolism
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP posted:
Everyone's interested in knowing what their metabolism should be and how to optimize it. Resting metabolic Rate (RMR) is the number of cals your body burns in a resting state to keep your internal organs operating. Here's a quick way to get a general idea of what your RMR is right now. Simply take your weight in pounds and multiply by: 10 if you're a woman and 11 if you're a man. If you're a 175 pound woman, you require somewhere in the ballpark of 1750 cals at rest to maintain your current weight. If you want to remove excess fat, you'll eat between 1200-1400 calories and increase your physical activity.

Other factors that affect this RMR are:

Genetics--- Hey some folks were just born to burn cals while others struggle a bit more...regardless with exercise and careful nutrition, you can optimize your genetics

Age--- RMR can drop 2-3% per decade starting with age 20, but you can halt lots of that by strength training

Body Composition--- the more trained, active muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate...it's strength training time again

Thyroid Hormone--- after age 40, thyroid function may decline somewhat and therefore people should have it checked and corrected if necessary

Calories--- avoid starving yourself to drop weight as this will send your metabolism plummeting downward

Maximize your metabolism with balanced nutrition and plenty of activity--- cardio and strength training.

Dr Peeke

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