Metabolism Basics

Metabolism is the biochemical process of combining nutrients with oxygen to release the energy our bodies need to function. It is typically measured in calories. The manufacturer of the Bodygem and Medgem Resting Metabolic Rate analyzers have coined the term “metabolic fingerprint” to represent the calories that your body burns naturally each day to maintain vital body functions (heart rate, brain function, breathing). This can represent 75% or more of a persona’s total metabolism if they are inactive or lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Metabolism is influenced by a number of factors such as body mass, body composition, age, gender and hormones. Muscle burns more calories than fat. So when individuals lose weight, their metabolism may decrease. While this is normal, the trick is to maintain muscle mass while losing weight in an effort to keep one’s resting metabolic rate from decreasing too much. Using devices like the Bodygem and Medgem to measure RMR during a weight loss program can be a vital part of maintaining long term success.