Metabolism and Metabolic Rate Defined

Thursday, March 8, 2012 posted by ronmourra 7:02 pm

Whats Shakin Folks,

Today’s post is all about a term that gets thrown around in the fitness industry. To be quite honest, I don’t think most fitness experts understand this term properly and spread the wrong message when talking to their clients about it. You’re gonna want to make sure you watch this video and read this post a few times till it sinks in. Let the knowledge BOMBS begin!

There you have it folks, so lets recap. Your Metabolism is defined as all the chemical processes that occur within the body to keep you alive (heart pumping blood, lungs, breathing, digestion, all chemical reactions,etc).

Metabolism = Metabolice Rate + Thermic Effect of Food + Activity. We just focused on Metabolic Rate portion for today and this rate is determined by your Lean Body Mass which is tied to your height. It’s pretty much fixed and you don’t have much control over it (Unless you can find a way to get taller and increase the size of your organs). The taller you are, the larger your Lean Body Mass and Metabolic Rate. This doesn’t mean that a taller person has a faster Metabolic Rate than a shorter person. But rather, the taller person needs more energy to sustain itself. Larger the surface area, the more energy required. Think of your metabolism as a RATE vs SPEED.

Next week we will look at the other portion of the above equation which you have some control over. This includes, Thermic Effect of Food and Thermic Effect of Activity.

Till then, Make it Happen!

Ron Mourra

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