Resting Metabolic Rate
Building More Muscle is the Key to Raising Your Metabolism
Many people complain of having a slow metabolism. Indeed, at water coolers all of the world, people talk about their friends who are able to eat whatever they want and they never seem to gain weight. They talk about these people as if they possess some magical power that is unavailable to them. They want to lose weight and lose it fast, but they don't think that the metabolism Gods granted them favor when they were born. The good news is that these people simply have incorrect beliefs. It is possible to elevate your metabolism in a very predictable way. There are many tricks that a person can do to keep their metabolism high and change their body composition and the really cool thing is that many of these methods don't require a lot of special effort.
However, before we can discuss the elevation of metabolism, it's important to understand what metabolism actually is. This story really starts with calories and energy.
A calorie is a measure of energy. The term "calorie" is actually a lay term referring to something called a "kilocalorie" a kilocalorie is the measure of energy required to raise the temperature of one liter of water by one degree celcius.
The calorie requirements of people are made of three factors. These factors are resting metabolic rate, the thermic effect of food and physical activity levels. By the far, the largest single contributor to metabolism or the energy needs of a person is the resting metabolic rate. The RMR account for about 60-80% of the energy expenditure of a person over the course of a day.
If you're seriously interested in discovering how to gain muscle and lose fat, raising your resting metabolic rate and metabolism, this is where you should start. The reason for this is simple. Resting metabolic rate can be elevated by adding lean muscle mass and proactively forcing thermoregulation mechanisms to work harder.
The differences in resting metabolic rate between people are affected by gender, age, thermoregulation, body composition and calorie intake. In general, the controllable aspect of resting metabolic rate are your lean body mass. Any increases in lean muscle mass will increase your RMR and metabolism. Increasing lean muscle mass also adds shape to the body, making it look more attractive and appealing by reducing the overall body fat percentage.
If you want to gain muscle, lose fat and just look and feel better in every way. A concern for increasing your lean muscle mass and resting metabolic rate should be a top priority. Doing this is one the easiest and quickest ways to lose weight. Long term sustainable reductions in body weight and body fat percentage are primarily due lifestyle facts that are controllable. The best exercise to lose weight is the one that significanly elevates your resting metabolic rate by building significant lean muscle mass, raising core temperature and overloading the neuromusclular system.