The 3 types of me­tab­o­lism

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health Update -

Your me­tab­o­lism is bro­ken down into three lev­els. Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is mea­sured in kilo­joules and in­di­cates the min­i­mum en­ergy your body re­quires to tick over. That’s with­out lift­ing a fin­ger. It typ­i­cally ac­counts for 40-70% of your daily en­ergy re­quire­ments. “On top of your BMR comes your ac­tive me­tab­o­lism,” ex­plains Dr Grif­fin. “This ac­counts for 10-30% more, de­pend­ing on how much ex­er­cise and daily ac­tiv­ity, even how much fid­get­ing you do.” This third level refers to kilo­joules your body burns while di­gest­ing food (yep, you burn kilo­joules eat­ing kilo­joules). It makes up around 8-15% of to­tal metabolic rate. While it’s not good to be­come ob­sessed with count­ing kilo­joules, ex­perts do be­lieve it’s wise to un­der­stand these fig­ures.

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