Healthy Weight Loss Revealed
Basal Metabolic Rate
Any healthy weight loss program will focus on the types of foods you eat as well as what kind of exercises you do. This makes sense since diet and exercise go hand in hand and each one needs to be adjusted in order to lose or maintain your body weight.

But adjusting your daily caloric intake as well as your exercise regime only makes sense if you have something to measure it against. That's where your basal metabolic rate or BMR comes in. This is the base rate at which your body uses of calories in order to maintain basic functions such as cell repair, internal temperature, pumping blood etc..

When you are trying to lose weight, your BMR is important because this is the amount of calories your body will use when you are resting. In fact, losing weight can be boiled down to the basic equation of calories eaten - calories used; if they were less calories eaten and used then your body will start breaking down the fat for its metabolic needs, if there are more calories eaten and used than they will be stored as fat.

The Basal Metabolic Rate varies per individual but the average is about 70 calories used each hour. Of course, you will use a little bit more when you're awake and when you are asleep and there are other factors which influence the rate such as exercise and eating.

One thing that is a big influence on the BMR is your internal body temperature. For every one half degree that your body temperature rises your BMI increases 7%. In fact, when you have a fever your metabolic rate will go up and your body will consume more calories. You've probably heard people recommend eating a lot of hot spicy foods to help you weight loss and this may be the reason why.

Medications like antidepressants can also affect the BMR but they actually lower it and can, therefore, lead to weight gain.

Another thing that can reduce BMR are foods that are high in fats and refined sugars. This is because they are lower in fiber and bulk which slows down the activity in your intestines and causes your body to absorb more calories from the food before it passes through your system. Yet another reason to avoid these non-nutritious foods any lots of fruits and vegetables!

Your basal metabolic rate is determined mostly by genetics and some physiological factors but you can help it along by getting enough exercise and eating a healthy diet.