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Body Size, Shape and Composition
Genetic makeup and inherited body build account for some differences in basal metabolic rate, or BMR, and these are differences you can't change! When finding the right amount of calories you need per day, consider the following:
- The more you weigh the more calories you burn. For example, it takes somewhat more effort to move if you weigh 170 pounds compared to 120. That's one reason why men, who often weigh more, use more calories than women.
- A lean, muscular body has a higher metabolic rate than a softly rounded body with more fat tissue. Why? Ounce for ounce, muscle burns more energy than fat. As a tip, stay physically active to maintain your muscle mass and give your BMR a boost.
- A tall, thin body has more surface area than a short body, and as a result, more heat is lost and more calories are burned to maintain a normal temperature.
For more information on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, consult a registered dietitian in your area.
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