Failing To Eat Can Suppress Metabolism

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) or the closely related BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is the measurement of energy or caloric needs of the body at rest just to keep vital organs functionning.

Did you know failure to eat when hungry can suppress resting metabolic rate (RMR) by up to 20% and thus preventing weight loss?

The impact can be significant when you consider that RMR accounts for about 60-75% of daily caloric expenditure. For example, for a person who expends 2000 calories daily, a 20% reduction in RMR means 240-300 calories daily not burned. This leads to 25-31 pounds gained per year.

An ideal eating pattern includes 3 meals and 2 snacks per day.


Redman, L.M., et al. Metabolic and behavioral compensations in response to caloric restriction: implications for the maintenance of weight loss. PLoS ONE. 2009. 4(2):e4377.

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