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    Old 05-13-2009, 10:48 PM   #1
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    High RMR

    I am in my mid forties. My entire life I have had an abnormally large appetite. I have seen several doctors about this in the past but not for about 20 years now. Recently I found a fitness center where they can measure your RMR (resting metabolic rate) with a tool called a bodygem. I had my RMR measured and it was 4810 cals/day. They said it was the highest they had seen and the next highest was around 2500 or so. I'm glad to have some conformation that I'm not just a pig and my body is using a lot of calories. But I still don't understand why my RMR is like that. If anyone knows about RMRs could you tell me what the normal range is and how common it is to have an RMR that high? Thank you for that and any other information you can give me.

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    Re: High RMR

    Do you have very high muscle mass? Muscle consumes a lot of calories even at rest. (Resting metabolic rate can also be elevated after hard or long exercise, but not by that much from this effect alone.)

    Otherwise, if you can eat enormous amounts of food without getting fat, then you may have some hormonal irregularity. Though such a thing is often not considered a problem in rich countries where food is plentiful (but people who have the opposite problem tend to be more likely to complain).

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    As tjlhb suggested, you might have a hormonal imbalance, such as an overactive thyroid.

    I have also read recently that some people have more brown fat into adulthood, which most of us lose as we leave childhood. This special form of fat burns calories at a much faster rate than the usual white fat. Those who have more of this brown fat can eat a lot of calories while remaining slim.


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