Metabolic rate is the speed at which we burn calories in our body. Calories fuel our daily activities as well the functioning of internal organs. Those people who have higher fat content in the body have a slower metabolism rate than a muscular person. The reason is that muscles use up more calories to stay active than fats. A study has proven that one pound of fat uses up only two calories per day while one pound muscle devours 50 calories!

What is BMR?
BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate is the amount of calories required by your body to maintain internal functions when it is at rest. The body utilizes about three quarter of its energy in performing internal functions when it is at rest. BMR depends on various external factors including age, sex, and the amount of muscle in the body. Younger the person is, higher is the metabolic rate, which is why infants have a very high rate of metabolism. Moreover, men tend to have a higher rate of metabolism than women due to the presence of lean muscles.

BMR can be calculated using the following formulae:

Male = [ 66+(13.7 x weight in kgs) + (5 x height in cms) – (6.8 x age) ]

Female = [ 655+(9.6 x weight in kgs) + (1.7 x height in cms) – (4.7 x age) ]

How to increase the rate of metabolism?
• Eat about 5-6 short meals a day because staying hungry for a long time reduces metabolic activity. Research has confirmed that the person who tends to eat frequently during the day has leaner muscle tissues.
• Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day in order to maintain the rate of metabolism. It proven that drinking water increases your metabolic activity by 30 percent compared to staying dry.
• Have more proteins in your diet as they take a longer time to digest than carbohydrates or fat.
• Try to avoid alcohol as much as possible.
• Consume a mixture of apple cider vinegar, garlic and honey. It is a natural way to boost your metabolism.

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