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Relation of Metabolic Rate to Genetics of a Person

Can a person increase their metabolic rate or is that something set for a given person's genetics? How does exercise play into this?

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Metabolic rate is the rate by which you convert energy stores into working energy in your body. In other words, it's how fast your "whole system" runs. The metabolic rate is controlled by a number of factors, including: muscle mass (the greater your muscle mass, the greater your metabolic rate), calorie intake, and exercise. A person can increase his metabolic rate and its not much correlated with genetics of the person. In some cases, people inherit slow metabolic rate but not always. We can still increase our metabolic rate.

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Metabolic rate is the rate by which you convert energy stores into working energy in your body. In other words, it's how fast your "whole system" runs.

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