Factors Influencing Caloric Requirements

  • A larger body massrequires more calories.
  • For people of the same weight, the one with a higher muscle to fat ratiowill have higher caloric needs.
  • The progress of age leads to reductions in muscle mass, testosterone/estrogen production, physical activity.
  • An average man burns more calories than an average woman of the same age and weight, due to men having a higher muscle to fat ratios.

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