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About 70% of the energy we expend each day is what it takes to keep your lungs breathing, your heart beating, your blood flowing, your temperature at a steady level, and your ability to maintain many other basic functions of life when your body is at rest. This energy level is interchangeably called the 𝑏𝑎𝑠𝑎𝑙 𝑚𝑒𝑡𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑐 𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒 (BMR) or the 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑒𝑡𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑐 𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒 (RMR).

The larger the person (the more fat in the body), the MORE energy their body needs to keep them alive while at rest.
 
The smaller the person (the slimmer the person), the LESS energy their body needs to keep them alive while at rest.
 
Thus, as a large person becomes smaller (as a heavy person becomes slimmer), their resting metabolic rate MUST readjust every now and then to accommodate the fact that their body now needs LESS energy to keep them alive while at rest.
 
If you know your BMR, you know the least number of calories you need to keep your body functioning, and the Harris Benedict Equation is considered the gold standard formula for figuring that out. 👇

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐞
👉 https://www.omnicalculator.com/health/bmr-harris-benedict-equation

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“Blood pressure” refers to the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. It includes two measurements: systolic (blood pressure when your heart beats while pumping blood) and diastolic (blood pressure when the heart is at rest between beats). Blood pressure numbers are written with the systolic number above the diastolic number (for example, 120/80).

For a good graphic that shows you healthy and unhealthy blood pressure ranges, as recommended by the American Heart Association, click here.

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There are three different types of fat cells in the body: white, brown, and beige.

Fat cells can be stored in three ways: essential, subcutaneous, or visceral fat.

Essential fat is necessary for a healthy, functional body. This fat is found in your brain, bone marrow, nerves, and membranes that protect your organs.

Subcutaneous fat makes up most of our bodily fat and is found under the skin. This is the body’s method of storing energy for later use.

Visceral fat is found in the abdomen amongst the major organs. It can be very dangerous in high levels. A high body fat percentage, and in particular the presence of visceral fat, can increase your risk for several diseases.

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A calorie is a unit of energy. When you hear something contains 100 calories, it’s a way of describing how much energy your body could get from eating or drinking it. There are calories in each of the three main macronutrients that we eat – carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Each macronutrient contains the following calories per gram:

🔺Carbohydrate: 4 calories
🔺Fat: 9 calories
🔺Protein: 4 calories

Other macronutrients, such as fiber, may differ in calorie content depending on whether it is soluble or insoluble fiber.

. . . and, by the way, alcohol serves up seven calories per gram.