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How is weight loss affected by someone's basal metabolic rate?

How is weight loss affected by someone's basal metabolic rate?

Weight loss: The higher your basal metabolic rate (BMR), the easier it is to lose weight. Unless you have a low thyroid, there is no medication or supplement that can raise your BMR. You can only raise it through exercise. Aerobic exercise raises the BMR during and for hours afterwards. Strength exercises raise it over the long run by increasing muscle mass (muscle burns more than fat) ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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How will muscle mass affect metabolic rate and weight gain?

How will muscle mass affect metabolic rate and weight gain?

Increases metab rate: Muscle and fat weigh the same (pound of fat weighs same as pound of muscle); muscle is denser, so clothes fit better if one is leaner at the same weight. Muscle burns more calories than does fat. Leaner body burns more calories, even at rest, because there is more metabolically active tissue. Often w/ crash diets, there is xs loss of muscle, so you get more flabby w/lower weight. ...Read more

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How does someone's resting metabolic rate impact their weight loss efforts?

How does someone's resting metabolic rate impact their weight loss efforts?

Weight loss: A slow metabolic rate means that calories are burned more slowly. ...Read more

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Can a slow pulse slow down your weight gain due to low bmr?

Can a slow pulse slow down your weight gain due to low bmr?

Not really: Many reasons for low BMR and low pulse, no direct correlation. ...Read more

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In what rate can genetics affect weight loss?

In what rate can genetics affect weight loss?

This is really about: Metabolic rate, intake and physical activity. The ability to gain, lose or maintain weight really isn't about genetics. ...Read more

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What causes the weight gain associated with anti-depressant drugs: slowed metabolism, increased appetite, increased insulin resistance, other?

What causes the weight gain associated with anti-depressant drugs: slowed metabolism, increased appetite, increased insulin resistance, other?

All of the above: It is possible the underlying condition resulting in the use of medication could be a problem. If 25-oh vit d 3 levels are normal, free T4 levels are normal, and cortisol is not high in the evening, eating 6 small equal meals, managing stress skillfully, and moving though the day with some thing as simple as pretend jump roping for 60 minutes spread out in 1-2 minute intervals should help. ...Read more

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What improves the success rate of maintaining weight loss?

What improves the success rate of maintaining weight loss?

Create a plan: Coming up with a long term strategy to maintain the loss is most important. Weight loss occurs when your caloric expenditure so first, maintain your amount of physical activity, also consider appetite suppressants, vitamin B12 injections, and unique, hormone based weight loss plans. Maintaining weight loss is a long term goal that works best if you understand exactly what your body needs! ...Read more

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Does weight loss shakes (such as rapid weight loss diet and weight loss shakes) effect my birth control pills?

Does weight loss shakes (such as rapid weight loss diet and weight loss shakes) effect my birth control pills?

Stress: If you try to change metabolism quickly, your body gets stressed out, and your hormones follow. Aim for one or two pounds per week, slow and steady wins the race, you can download a food diary on my webpage www.Familyhealth.Pro. ...Read more

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Is hashimotos disease related to fast heart and weight loss?

Is hashimotos disease related to fast heart and weight loss?

No: Hashimoto's is more commonly associated with slow heart rate and weight gain if untreated. You get fast heart rate and weight loss if you are overtreated for hashimoto's. ...Read more

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Is it normal for low calorie diet resulting rapid weight loss?

Is it normal for low calorie diet resulting rapid weight loss?

Not safe: Rapid weight loss has the following risks - gallstones, which occur in 12% to 25% of people losing large amounts of weight over several months. Dehydration, which can be avoided by drinking plenty of fluids. Malnutrition, usually from not eating enough protein for weeks at a time. Electrolyte imbalances, which rarely can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Are high TSH and rapid weight gain related?

Are high TSH and rapid weight gain related?

It can be: High TSH means your thyroid is not able to produce enough thyroid hormone and pitutary gland which controls thyroid gland and produces more thyroid stimulating hormone, and is usually associated with low t4(thyroid hormone) which in turn slows down your metabolism and can often cause weight gain along with other symptoms. ...Read more

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Can weight gain and weight loss be uniformly mirrored?

Can weight gain and weight loss be uniformly mirrored?

I'm sorry but: I haven't got a clue what this question means. Consider clarifying the question and re-asking. Take care. ...Read more

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How do you acccurately calculateyour resting metabolic rate and body mass index/ body fat %?

How do you acccurately calculateyour resting metabolic rate and body mass index/ body fat %?

Many methods: There are many methods, with varying accuracy. Bmi is simply wt/ht(2). A simple method for %fat is impedance, and trainers often use them. Gold standard for %fat is underwater weighing, bodpod, or dexa. Rmr requires a metabolic cart which is used in hospitals and research labs. Many of these are relegated to research labs. It is usually not necessary to know all this to be healthy. ...Read more

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How can energy balance effect weight loss or weight gain.?

How can  energy balance effect weight loss or weight gain.?

BMR: BMR is the rate your body burns calories to maintain self. To loose weight, you have to stay under this number. You calculate your daily caloric intake and once you go beyond your bmr, energy is stored. If you exercise you expend calories. So if you walk an hour a day at brisk pace, you may burn 300 calories. This would help you loose weight by staying under your bmr. I hope this helped! ...Read more

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Can exceeding your target heart rate during aerobics have a detrimental effect on muscle gain and fat loss?

Can exceeding your target heart rate during aerobics have a detrimental effect on muscle gain and fat loss?

Target zones: For fat loss 70-75% of maximal heart rate for 45 to 60 min is good. For endurance, without loosing muscle mass, 85-90% or more with 1-2 mins sustain, then slowing down to 60-70% resting. Alternating resting and bursting for no more than 30min total. You can, with time, increase burst time and decrease resting time as you get in better shape. 3 times a week with weight lift and increase protein. ...Read more

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What is a basal metabolic rate and a resting heart rate?

What is a basal metabolic rate and a resting heart rate?

BMR vs RHR: Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the minimal rate of energy expenditure per unit time by warm-blooded animals at rest. resting heart rate is how many beats per minute the heart is going when the person is at rest usually 60-90bpm ...Read more

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How is weight loss affected by someone's basal metabolic rate?

Weight loss: The higher your basal metabolic rate (BMR), the easier it is to lose weight. Unless you have a low thyroid, there is no medication or supplement that can raise your BMR. You can only raise it through exercise. Aerobic exercise raises the BMR during and for hours afterwards. Strength exercises raise it over the long run by increasing muscle mass (muscle burns more than fat) ...Read more

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How does someone's resting metabolic rate impact their weight loss efforts?

Weight loss: A slow metabolic rate means that calories are burned more slowly. ...Read more

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I've a high metabolic rate tat allows me to eat more than most, not exercise n yet do not put on weight. However, now tat i'm 39, I find tat d weight loss doesn't come as easily. I don't snack anymore n just stick to 3 meals. I take a lot of carbs though

I've a high metabolic rate tat allows me to eat more than most, not exercise n yet do not put on weight. However, now tat i'm 39, I find tat d weight loss doesn't come as easily. I don't snack anymore n just stick to 3 meals. I take a lot of carbs though

Age related.: Wt gain is a common problem as one gets older. Established patterns of eating remain while decreased activity sets in with perceived increased responsibilities of age. Change lifestyle now before you become a statistic. No one ever woke up and found themselves 50 lbs overweight. Overweight happens subtly and progressively. ...Read more

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Will taking synthroid (thyroxine) boost your metabolic rate and increase your weight loss? I do not have a thyroid problem and was just curious

Will taking synthroid (thyroxine) boost your metabolic rate and increase your weight loss? I do not have a thyroid problem and was just curious

Curious: Thyroid issues infrequently cause thyroid problems. If your doctor has never checked your thyroid levels he/she will probably do so at your next visit. Synthroid would increase your weight loss but there does not seem to be any thyroid issue. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have metabolic syndrome and successfulness of weight loss?

Is it possible to have metabolic syndrome and successfulness of weight loss?

Weight loss: Being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome does not mean you cannot lose weight. Weight loss is actually part of the treatment of metabolic syndrome so you need to pay more attention to calories and exercise and work on long-term weight loss. Good luck with this program. ...Read more

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How does a raised metabolic rate affect one's ability to lose weight?

An increased: metabolic rate means that you will burn calories more quickly. That is a big plus when trying to lose weight. ...Read more

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How can you avoid gaining weight you lost on Vyvanse/amphetamines once you stop?Aside from suppressing appetite they DO increase Basal Metabolic Rate

How can you avoid gaining weight you lost on Vyvanse/amphetamines once you stop?Aside from suppressing appetite they DO increase Basal Metabolic Rate

Rebound weight gain: It is not unusual to experience wight gain after discontinuation of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) or other stimulants due to rebound increase in appetite. If not kept in check, it can lead to weight gain, as would be expected. It does not increase BMR, as is commonly believed. The best way to maintain weight is to monitor calorie intake and activity level. This can be achieved with mindful eating and regular exercise. ...Read more

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WHat is the difference between someone's resting metabolic rate and basal metabolic rate?

WHat is the difference between someone's resting metabolic rate and basal metabolic rate?

BothMeasureSame: BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate and RMR stands for Resting Metabolic Rate Both calculate the calories burnt in a day if a person were to do no activity at all Equation used to measure BMR is HarrisBenedict Equation And Muffin equation calculates RMR These days RMR is used more often than BMR because RMR gives more accurate results ...Read more

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Could my very low basal temp be a reason for struggling to lose weight while being hypothyroid but following a diet?

Could my very low basal temp be a reason for struggling to lose weight while being hypothyroid but following a diet?

Sounds like you need: You need to have your thyroid levels checked as you could be undertreated. Furthermore, ensure that timing of your thyroxine ingestion is at least 30min apart from any food or other medication. Caffeinated drinks, soymilk and calcium containing food are all know to interfere with thyroid absorption. ...Read more

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What is a standard basal metabolic rate?

What is a standard basal metabolic rate?

BMR: is the energy(calories) required to keep your body functioning at rest. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a basal metabolic rate and an active metabolic rate?

What is the difference between a basal metabolic rate and an active metabolic rate?

BothMeasureSame: BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate and RMR stands for Resting Metabolic Rate Both calculate the calories burnt in a day if a person were to do no activity at all Equation used to measure BMR is HarrisBenedict Equation And Muffin equation calculates RMR These days RMR is used more often than BMR because RMR gives more accurate results ...Read more

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How do I calculate my basal metabolic rate? Is there an online calculator you recommend?

How do I calculate my basal metabolic rate? Is there an online calculator you recommend?

BMR: Yes, there are calculators online and are based on your age, weight, height and gender. However, these are only estimates of BMR. The best to calculate your BMR is to have indirect calorimetry (ask your doctor about it) Here are one link: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/tools/bmr-calculator ...Read more

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What is the difference between a basal metabolic rate and a mass specific metabolic rate?

Metabolic rates: depends on context so i recommend going to Google and wikipedia for details. And discuss with the Dr who ordered the test. ...Read more

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Please recommend a prediabetes…metabolic syndrome program to lose weight that is digital, educational, and evidence based.

Please recommend a prediabetes…metabolic syndrome program to lose weight that is digital, educational, and evidence based.

Lose weight: Please have your doctor refer you to a dietitian who will help you lose weight. Digital, educational, and evidence based information will be discussed in detail with the dietitian. ...Read more

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How many fat grams should I eat daily? I am trying to lose weight post my metabolic shutdown when my TSH was too high.

How many fat grams should I eat daily? I am trying to lose weight post my metabolic shutdown when my TSH was too high.

No need to count: I'm glad your thyroid disease was discovered and I trust you're taking thyroid replacement as needed. Nobody counts calories or grams of fat for long without losing interest, and since I don't know how much you exercise, I don't know your calorie needs. Eat sensibly, talk with your physician or dietician if you like, be comfortable with being a little hungry much of the day, and refocus on fitness ...Read more

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If you have metabolic liver disease. Do not drink or use drugs and lose weight can u live fir years. Diagnosed at 31. Thanks?

If you have metabolic liver disease. Do not drink or use drugs and lose weight can u live fir years.  Diagnosed at 31. Thanks?

Metabolic liver dz: There are many metabolic liver diseases. If you are referring to the metabolic syndrome, including fatty liver, then your best treatment is to lose weight and avoid things that are toxic to the liver, such as alcohol. Many people live long lives with this, but metabolic syndrome can be a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Lose weight! Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the similarities between someone's resting metabolic rate and basal metabolic rate?

What are the similarities between someone's resting metabolic rate and basal metabolic rate?

BothMeasureSame: BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate and RMR stands for Resting Metabolic Rate Both calculate the calories burnt in a day if a person were to do no activity at all Equation used to measure BMR is HarrisBenedict Equation And Muffin equation calculates RMR These days RMR is used more often than BMR because RMR gives more accurate results ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more