How dieting destroyed my Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), and contributed to my weight loss stall, or plateau.
My next question was; why am I eating the same foods I was in beginning of my diet, but not losing weight now? Did something happen to my metabolism, did it slow down, and if so, why?
BMR: Quick facts.
The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate at which your body consumes calories for basic metabolic functions at rest. Including:
- Internal temperature
- Repairing cells
- Pumping blood
- Other functions
BMR doesn’t take into account exercise or calories burned through other activities. Your BMR’s affected by the amount of muscle mass you have. The more muscle fiber, the higher your Body Mass Index (BMI) will be. Muscle, even at rest, burns more calories than fat and other tissues.
Note: This is why strength training is so important, the more muscle you have, the higher your BMI, and the higher your BMR is going to be.