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Facts About Basal Metabolic Rate
Reducing Calories May Reduce Basal Metabolic Rate, Physical Exercise Increases Metabolic Rate
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Facts About Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)

As regards diet and exercise, there are 2 important facts about BMR.

1. When we start to diet, our BMR may go down a little as the body tries to conserve energy. Remember, our body thinks fewer calories is a sign of impending famine, so it tends to slow down. This is one of the reasons why very-low-calorie diets are a bad idea. Apart from being unhealthy, they decrease our BMR which causes weight loss to slow down.

2. Our BMR increases in response to increased physical activity. That's why it's so important to try to increase your activity if you want to lose weight most effectively. An ideal weight loss exercise program involves a combination of aerobic and weight-training exercise. Aerobic exercise for burning calories and raising metabolism; weight-training for increasing muscle-mass and raising metabolism.

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