Why Measure BMI
Why is Measuring and Knowing Your Body Composition and Base Metabolic Rate so Important?
Lean mass burns almost 6 times more calories than fat does. That is why it’s so important to know what the composition of your weight change is. People who lose muscle and fat during a diet phase actually slow their metabolism down which partially defeats the objective of dieting and makes it harder to keep weight under control. Why? Because your metabolism slows down with less muscle mass, it means you naturally burn fewer calories.
This creates the Yo-Yo diet affect that so many people suffer from.
What is RMR or Resting Metabolic Rate?
Knowing how many calories your body burns in a resting state during a 24 hour period is actually critical information to help you manage how many calories you eat each day. It sets the baseline. Not only is this caloric burn rate important to keep you from over eating, it is every bit as important to keep you from under eating.
Under eating can actually result in an increase of fat and a deterioration of fat and calorie burning muscle. Why? Because when you under eat, your body detects the decline in calories coming in and goes into starvation mode. Your metabolism slows down dramatically as part of your body’s natural survival mechanism.
You actually need to fuel up by eating the right foods for fat loss!