Basal Metabolic Rate and Active
Metabolic Rate Calculators
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.
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.
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:
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!
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!