BMR, which stands for Basal Metabolic Rate or simply Metabolism, is the rate at which your body burns calories to maintain itself, as in, you do nothing while your body burns those calories in the background! Internal activities such as digestion of foods, functioning of the respiratory system, the beating of the heart and so on.
The higher your BMR is the more calories you burn, any excess calories to the amount your body needs will be stored as fat, that is why you get fat, because you eat more than you need, it’s like filling a cup with water and continuing doing so even after it overflows.
How fast your metabolism depends on various factors such as your age, sex, physique, lifestyle, getting enough sleep, eating habits, your diet (what you eat).
Boost That Metabolism
Factors that determine how much calories your body burns to sustain itself, or, how high is your BMR!
The younger — the better, after age 30 metabolism begins to slow down considerably, you will either have to exercise or eat less, or else embrace the love handles!
Chauvinism at its best, just because you’re male, you have faster metabolism than females! (Relax… Because of greater mass of lean muscle.)
The more muscle you already have, the more calories you will burn while idle, that is because muscle is very high maintenance, you burn 50 calories per pound of muscle per day compared to only 2 measly calories per pound of fat! Wow, being in shape really does allow you to eat like a king!
Interconnected with Physique, as your lifestyle dictates how much in shape you are. Lifestyle as in… Are you a couch-potato or a fanatic-jogger? Do you go to the gym..? Which you should! Not only do physical activities do the obvious process of burning calories, it makes you healthier and by lifting weights you build muscle mass, and we already know that it’s not only for looks!
By sleeping 8 hours you allow your body to regulate the levels of hormones which control your hunger and metabolism levels. If you work out, getting the sleep is crucial as with it lacking you are hindering your gym-performance!
- Eating habits
How often you eat is very important, eating 5-6 meals a day, with intervals of 2-3 hours will keep your metabolism up by actively digesting and metabolizing foods. It’s good as well for a number of reasons: you always feel energized, no time-spans when you are starved for a prolonged period of time and you eat in moderation, because you’re not hungry when you eat, hence you do not overeat in an exaggerated manner.
You are what you eat, never believed that. Anyhow, some foods make your body work harder, although not by much… I’ll give a few examples but only a few, not because I’m lazy but because I don’t believe in lazy-ass approaches to getting in shape, the foods/drinks: coffee, green tea, apples, broccoli, chili peppers, meat, whole-grains… Basically, anything that isn’t made of sugar.
Why So Slow
Or you could be genetically-predispositioned to BMR-o-slowness, a very hard disease affecting vast amounts of US population and having a suspicious origination date similarity with the opening of the first McDonald’s branch.
The bottom line is, exercise and have a healthy lifestyle! It’s even more important as you age, don’t be arrogant and neglect because you’re now in your twenties and slim, thinking you could not possibly be a fatty post-thirties…