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Know the facts affecting your metabolism Know the facts affecting your metabolism

Energy is required by the body to carry out various functions:

  • Maintenance of worn out body tissues
  • Regulating body temperature
  • For growth
  • Brain and neurological functions
  • Physical voluntary activities like walking, swimming, typing, talking etc.
  • Involuntary body activities like heart beats, respiration, digestion of meals and assimilation of nutrients.
Basal Metabolism therefore represents the minimum energy required to keep up the life processes i.e. for the basic internal functioning of the body. When one talks out body metabolism, we generally refer to Resting Metabolism rate or Basal Metabolism rate.
 
This is defined as the rate at which the body expends certain calories when lying at rest in a comfortable environment without any physical / emotional stress. The higher the BMR, higher number of calories one burns even at rest/sitting position and this determines ones calorie requirement and ultimately weight. Lower the BMR, fewer calories are required for sustenance and if the calorie intake is more than required, it leads to weight gain. CALCULATE YOUR BMR
 
The factors influencing BMR are:
 
Body weight and stature- larger the size of the body, higher the BMR. A weight difference of about 10 Kg may affect BMR by 123 Kcals in adult men and women. WHAT’S YOUR HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT?
 
Body Composition-more muscle mass contributes to higher BMR, as muscles expend calories. People with more body fat and less muscle mass will have slower metabolisms.
 
Age- the body’s metabolism slows down with age.
 
Diet- what you eat determines your body metabolism too. Proteins contribute more to the post prandial thermo genesis (heat released after eating) than cereals and fat and hence contribute more to the metabolism.
 
Thyroid- Hormonal disorders of the Thyroid gland like Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) which slows down metabolism or Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) which increases metabolism; hence affecting BMR and weight.
 
Stress- Anxiety, tension, anger all contribute to increasing heart rate and hormonal fluctuations that increase energy expenditure and affect BMR. DEPRESSION SCREENING TEST
 
Illness- fevers, tumors, burns, tuberculosis also increase the BMR of the body and increase energy demands of the individual.
 
Pregnancy- the BMR of the pregnant women rises by 4% in the first trimester, 7% in the second trimester and 19% in the third trimester and hence increasing the demand in energy requirements. PREGNANCY TEST
 
Certain edibles items and medicines- Tea contain theophylline and coffee contains caffeine, both alkaloids which increase the energy expenditure of the body. Medications containing nicotine, amphetamines also have an affect on the metabolism of the body.
Sleeping- during sleep the basal metabolism is 10% lower than when awake. It also depends on the amount of motion of one when sleeping. SLEEP DISORDER TEST
 
Smoking- Research indicates that habitual smokers tend to start gaining weight when they quit cigarette smoking. This is due to the fact that nicotine taken while smoking increased their BMR by 10% and after stopping smoking the nicotine withdrawal will cause BMR to slow down. HOW MUCH ARE YOU SPENDING ON SMOKING?
 
DESIDIETER EXPERTS CONSIDER YOUR METABOLISM AND HELP YOU INCREASE IT TO SPEED UP THE WEIGHT LOSS. WRITE TO US AT customer_service@desidieter.com IF YOU ARE STUCK ON A WEIGHT AND NEED OUR EXPERT′S HELP.
 
Tina Khanna
DD Expert
 
 
 
 

3 Comments


  • Naina
    Thank you for helping people get the information they need. Great stuff as usual. Keep up the great work!!!Aire bra
    2014-09-13 00:05:58

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