Diane Kress: The basal metabolic rate measures the calories needed to maintain all body processes, including heartbeat, respiration, kidney function, digestion and brain function. Every body burns a certain number of calories just to stay alive. Basal metabolic rate is made up of only a handful of factors:
Therefore, a young male who is tall and heavy has the highest basal metabolic rate; a female who is short, thin and older has the slowest metabolic rate.
Only two factors can increase calorie requirements and therefore allow you to eat more and maintain your weight, or eat the same amount and lose weight: physical activity and artificial stimulants.
Diane Kress: You should definitely increase your physical activity, in incremental amounts or over very long periods of time. For example, an older person can do 15 minutes of increased physical activity three times a day instead of 45 minutes in one stint.
Diane Kress: Here's how to boost your metabolism:
For more information on your metabolism, visit www.themetabolismmiracle.com.
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