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What is a Healthy BMI?
& Basal Metabolism Rate

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Recommended BMI

- BMI of 18.5-24.9 is considered within the healthy weight range

- BMI of 25-29.9 is considered within the overweight range

- BMI of 30 and above is considered in the obese range

An influencing factor for what you weigh is your basal metabolic rate.

Basal Metabolism Rate, BMR

What is Basal Metabolism Rate, Basal Metabolic Rate, BMR?

What is BMR? BMR is the rate that your metabolism works when energy (i.e. foods in the daily diet) is burned within the body. 

Some people have a higher BMR than others, thus their Calorie Burn is higher. These individuals tend to lose weight faster than individuals with sluggish metabolisms. Or because of their faster metabolisms they may be able to eat more calories to support weight.

When dieting, even those individuals who have exceptional BMR's look for ways to enhance their already-stellar BMR because a faster metabolism equals faster weight loss.

How can I speed up my metabolism to reduce my BMI?

The following metabolism boosting tips may be of help:

- Boost your activity level which will in turn, boosts your metabolism rate. It's much like building muscles in the body via activity and exercise.

When we walk, play sports, hike - we strengthen our muscles. When we pair activity with a healthy diet plan, we boost our metabolism speed.

- Eating raw and natural foods streamlines your metabolism, making processing a whiz.

Therefore, choose foods that are closest to Mother Nature as they are more readily processed by the body.

For example, when Dieter Joe's metabolism recently saw a healthy apple come its way it said, 'Oh happy day! I can process this is nothing flat. Full speed ahead.'

But when non-Dieter Jack's metabolism saw an unhealthy slice of mincemeat pie come its way is said, 'Oh crumbo! Not even I can make mincemeat out of this. It's going to take me all day to get rid of this fat sugar-wad.'

- Eat breakfast (this starts your metabolism going for the day), so you'll naturally get a head start.

If you don't have time for breakfast grab a piece of fresh fruit or a boiled egg.

Other quick delicious breakfast foods that will kick your metabolism into high gear include: whole grain bagel, cereal whether hot or cold, and eggs.

- Work on those muscles because muscle burns more calories than fat and helps the metabolism pull some g's.

In Summary

Body Mass Index

While recommendations are great, they are not set in stone.

If you lift weights, you will naturally weigh more than listed on healthy body weight charts because of muscle bulk which weighs much more than body fat.

If you are a female and you have a large 'upper carriage' - you are going to weigh a bit more than indicated on the charts while still being at a healthy size. Same applies to those with larger backsides.

If your skeletal system is larger, you're going to naturally see higher numbers on the scale - and still be within the recommendations.

Basal Metabolic Rate

Keep in mind that although you want to lose pounds rapidly, you also need to lose safely.  

You can do a lot to speed up the rate of excess fat loss, but there is a limit as to what can be accomplished in the rate of speed that the weight is lost.


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