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Basal Metabolic Rate and Active Metabolic Rate Calculators


Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy (measured in calories) required to keep your body functioning every day, assuming that you were completely inactive.


Age, sex, weight, height, body fat content, and many other factors influence your BMR. The calculator provided here will approximate your BMR based on your age, sex, height, and weight. For most, this number will be sufficiently informative. To get a more accurate number, you would need to undergo physical testing to measure the rate at which your body consumes energy.


Your active metabolic rate takes into account your BMR and your activity level.
Together, BMR and active metabolic rate can help you plan your diet and nutrition needs:

..:: Consume fewer calories than your BMR and your body will lower its overall energy requirements, causing a drop in BMR and thus further reducing the number of calories that you can consume without gaining weight. Translation: Starvation diets do not work!

..:: Consume more calories than your active metabolic rate and you will gain weight. Full stop, end of story.

..:: How much weight? Well, there are 3500 calories in a pound. If you eat an extra 100 calories per day (such as you might find in a snack size bag of Baked Lays or in just 1/3 of a plain bagel), you will gain almost one full pound every month.The foods that you eat certainly play a factor, but if you violate this simple equation, you will gain weight, regardless of whether you are on low-carb, low-fat, or any other type of fad diet.

..:: For ideal weight loss, you should consume about 200 calories more than your BMR. If your BMR + 200 calories is greater than your active metabolic rate, then get off of the couch and get some exercise!

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KCal Calculator

Physical characteristics

Age (in years)

Weight (in pounds)

Height (in inches)



BMR kcal/day for men kcal/day for women

BMR can also be estimated as 70 W0.75 = kcal/day,
where W is body weight in kilograms.

Physical activity, minutes/day
Very Light Light Moderate Heavy Very Heavy

Examples include:
Reading
Sitting
Driving
Eating

Examples include:
Walking
Sweeping
Playing Piano
Bicycling (easy)

Examples include:
Fast walk
Dancing
Ping-Pong
Skating

Examples include:
Swimming
Running
Bicycle Race
Basketball

Examples include:
Boxing
Rowing
Mountain climbing




Total Energy Requirement


kcal/day for men


kcal/day for women


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