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Weight loss and calories are intrinsically related. Both are directly proportional; you lose calories, you lose weight. It is as simple as that! If you are under the notion that calories are something that our body burns when we are doing exercise, or household chores, walking, trekking, sports or other activities, then you should know about BMR.
Basal Metabolic Rate, commonly abbreviated as BMR, is that amount of energy your body spends in its resting state. It means when you are sleeping or when you are not doing any other work — how many calories are being utilized by your body.
You must be wondering that if the body is not doing anything, how calories would be burnt at all? And even if calorie burning takes place, would that calorie count to be that significant?
As the name goes BMR is ‘Basal’, which means it is essential. We all know that a human body is a 24 x 7 running machine that performs countless activities right from the cellular level. These functions include:
The put it simply, the more BMR, the effect is the weight loss. Also, people who have more muscle mass tend to have quick weight loss because their BMR rates are higher. This is because keeps spending calories more during the rest state too.
BMR was a concept that found its origin to estimate the functionality of thyroid glands in humans. These results were then compared with the metabolic rate of animals.As medical sciences advanced, BMR has been assuming critical importance to understand a patient’s medical history and monitor changes in weight and height with age. Understand that habits such as drinking, smoking and not exercising will impact a person’s BMR.
Even modern researches are focusing on BMR as a key to devise new techniques of treatment to diseases such as diabetes. Most governments too are creating awareness among its citizens about maintaining a healthy BMR to lead a happy and healthy life.
Studies prove that regular strength training boosts your BMR by 15%. So, focus on gaining muscle!
A standard formula for measuring BMR is shown below:
BMR for Females= 655 + (4.35 × weight in pounds) + (4.7 × height in inches) - (4.7 × age in years)
BMR for Males = 66 + (6.23 × weight in pounds) + (12.7 × height in inches) - (6.8 × age in years)
With our BMR calculator, you BMR calculations are made easy! Just input your age, weight, gender, and height. You can choose your desired units, either lbs or kgs for convenience. Just submit all the required information and click Calculate. Presto! You get your BMR on the screen! Additionally, you can check out our Age Calculator if you are confused about calculating your age accurately.
Understand that BMR varies from person to person and with your genes and lifestyle. This online BMR calculator is never meant to be a substitute for a professional medical care provider’s advice.
If you are suffering from serious health concerns or want to know exactly how many calories your body burns as a BMR, please consult a doctor in person. This online calculator is very generic and for educational purposes only.