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How does body composition affect my metabolism?

Our metabolism is a measure of how many calories we are burning over a period of time.  This involves processes for keeping the body running, digestion, and break down, utilization and/or storage of fuels.  The higher our metabolism is, the more calories we burn.  A higher metabolism is favorable for weight loss and health benefits.  It requires more energy (calories) by the body to maintain muscle than it does to maintain fat.  Therefore, having a higher percentage of fat free mass muscle can increase your metabolism.  On the other hand, dieting without exercise could lead to muscle loss, and this would decrease your metabolism.

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