Posted by: high metabolism | 2007/12/13

high metabolism

How does one know if a person has a high metabolism?
Is there a test one can do or how is it measured?
And are there some common physical symptoms?

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Dear High Metabolism
Someone with a fast metabolism can eat a lot without picking up weight and is usually more active than someone with a slow metabolism. But in general metabolism differ only about 3 % between individuals.
To measure metabolism, one has to use large, indirect calorimeter machines in labs or hospitals under strictly controlled conditions. New handheld models are less precise, but they're an improvement over the widely used Harris-Benedict formula, which calculates your metabolism based on age, height, weight, gender and activity level. The Harris-Benedict is less accurate the more overweight you are.
Dr Bets

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