I gather that some people might not realize from the possibly confusing text that the result represents ONLY a completely baseline BMR. In other words, this BMR is for someone who is *lying down in bed all day and does absolutely nothing*. It is the minimum BMR needed to maintain a current weight with an activity level of almost zero.
For a "sedentary lifestyle" that involves actually getting out of a bed and walking around, even if one doesn't exercise and mostly sits or stands (e.g.: desk job, watching TV from a couch, driving a car, whatever), the resulting BMR number above should be multiplied by 1.2.
It might be useful to have the "sedentary lifestyle calculation" (x 1.2) added to the above calculation matrix, because I expect that many if not most of the people reading this page might not normally be lying around in bed 24/7.
I would personally also add 4 words to the first sentence, for clarity:
"Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is a measure of the energy your body uses AT ITS CURENT WEIGHT in normal, everyday functions, like digesting food, moving your lungs and pumping your heart."
As mentioned elsewhere on this site (though apparently not here), BMR calculations are rough average estimates. People's actual individual metabolisms may vary. :)
- 7/13/2012 5:27:27 AM