What is the relationship between the Basal Metabolic Rate and whether I burn fat or muscle? I am trying to figure out how many calories I need to eat per day (in relation to my weight and body fat percentage) to start losing fat rather than cannibalize muscle protein.
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replied July 15th, 2007
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You will have to exercise to ensure you do not lose muscle mass while you are losing fat mass.

Here is a link to the BMR calculator:
http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculat or/

Continue to follow the links to determine your calorie intake needs.
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replied July 16th, 2007
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sorry. i do not mean the risk of atrophy. i mean when the body doesn't have enough glycogen, so it goes to the muscle INSTEAD of the fat--any input on that?
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replied May 26th, 2008
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It takes 30 grams of protein to burn one pound of fat. So no matter what your basal rate or your BMI, as long as you take in 15-30 grams of protein per day , you can minimize the loss of muscle tissue. On many diets such as Physicians Weight Loss or the Belly Buster Diet, you eat real food and supplement it with protein supplements specifically designed for weight loss. If you are dieting on your own, do not lose more than a pound per week. But, if you join a program where you are monitored and you are on protein, you should lose much faster safely.
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