Excess body fat is linked with increased risk for heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases. If a BMI is in the overweight or obese category, keep in mind that a moderate weight loss of only 10 percent can significantly decrease the severity of overweight-associated health risk!
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Your BMR, or basal metabolic rate (metabolism), is the energy (measured in calories) expended by the body at rest to maintain normal bodily functions.
This continual work to simply keep your body working makes up about 60-70% of the calories we use ("burn" or expend) and includes the beating of our heart, respiration, and the maintenance of body temperature.
Your BMR is influenced by a number of factors, including age, weight, height, gender, environmental temperature, dieting, and exercise habits.