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Health Updates

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Courtesy of Russell R Van Hemert DC

What Factors Affect Metabolic Rate?

Numerous factors affect your metabolic rate. To name a few, these include:

  • Age: The older you get, the slower your metabolic rate becomes. This is one of the reasons people tend to gain weight as they age.
  • Muscle mass: The greater your muscle mass, the more calories you burn.
  • Body size: The bigger you are, the more calories you burn.
  • Environmental temperature: When your body is exposed to cold, it needs to burn more calories to prevent your body temperature from falling.
  • Physical activity: All body movements require calories. The more active you are, the more calories you’ll burn. Your metabolism will speed up accordingly.
  • Hormone disorders: Cushing’s syndrome and hypothyroidism slow down metabolic rate and increase the risk of weight gain.

Summary: Multiple factors affect metabolic rate, or the number of calories burned. These include age, muscle mass, body size and physical activity.

There are several ways in which you can boost your metabolism. If you spend a lot of time sitting, here are a few strategies:

  • Stand up regularly and walk around
  • Take the stairs whenever possible
  • Do household tasks
  • Fidget, such as bouncing your legs or tapping your fingers
  • Chew calorie-free gum
  • Use a standing desk

If you have a desk job, using a standing desk may increase the number of calories you burn by 16%. Another study showed that spending one afternoon standing burned an extra 174 calories, compared to sitting. Even seemingly insignificant activities like typing may increase your metabolic rate by 8%, compared to doing nothing. In the same way, fidgeting can make a significant difference.

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