Basal metabolic rate (BMR)
What is Your BMR?
Basal metabolic rate is the number of calories your body needs to accomplish its most basic (basal) life-sustaining functions.
Even when resting, your body burns calories by performing essential functions to sustain life, such as:
Basal metabolic rate vs. resting metabolic rate
Basal metabolic rate BMR is often used interchangeably with resting metabolic rate RMR. Although BMR and RMR slightly differ from each other, your RMR should be an accurate estimate of your BMR.
Why you should know your BMR
Your BMR can be used to help you gain, lose, or maintain your weight. For example, knowing how many calories you burn can know how many to consume.
How to estimate your BMR
To estimate BMR through the Harris-Benedict formula, which takes into account weight, height, age, and gender.
BMR = 655 + (9.6 × weight in kg) + (1.8 × height in cm) – (4.7 × age in years)
BMR = 66 + (13.7 × weight in kg) + (5 × height in cm) – (6.8 × age in years)
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