SAN RAMON – Everyone knows diet and exercise are the cornerstones of weight loss, but many people miss some of the finer points involved. One of these is metabolism, or, more specifically, basal metabolic rate (BMR), which is the rate at which the body burns calories while at rest. BMR is the common denominator in weight loss: If you’re consuming more calories than your BMR, you’re going to gain weight; if you’re consuming less calories than your BMR, you’re going to lose weight.
Due to the impact of BMR on weight loss, it’s important to know yours and adjust your diet accordingly. For example, in order to lose weight at a rate of two to four pounds per week, you’ll typically have to stay about 500 to 600 calories below your basal metabolic rate. Your individual weight loss plan will vary depending on your BMR, so do some research before you begin—or, better yet, consult a weight loss professional.