BMR Calculator: Discover Your Calorie Consumption Sweet Spot

Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is a measure of the energy your body uses in normal, everyday functions, like digesting food, moving your lungs and pumping your heart.

This maintenance level is the minimum number of calories your body needs in order to function. Add this number to the calories you burn through exercise and activity, and you get your total daily calorie expenditure. Now you know about how many calories you could eat without gaining weight.

The first step is finding out what your BMR is. Now, you could check in to one of those exclusive mountaintop clinics in northern Europe where they hook you up to the latest in beeping machines, jumping lights and squawking monitors, which would take days and cost thousands and thousands of dollars.

Or you could do this simple worksheet.

If you know your height, weight, age and gender, you can easily calculate your own BMR. Just print up the worksheet and fill in your vital statistics:

(enter one)kg.________x9.6=_______

(enter one)cm.________x1.8=_______

1. Add Height / Weight Results_______

2. Subtract Age Result_______

+       655

YOUR BMR=_______

(enter one)kg.________x13.7=_______

(enter one)cm.________x5=_______

1. Add Height / Weight Results_______

2. Subtract Age Result_______

+ 66

YOUR BMR=_______
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Member Comments

Good article. Report
they left out this part: Harris Benedict Formula
To determine your total daily calorie needs, multiply your BMR by the appropriate activity factor, as follows:

If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculati
on = BMR x 1.2
If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : Calorie-Calculati
on = BMR x 1.375
If you are moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : Calorie-Calculati
on = BMR x 1.55
If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : Calorie-Calculati
on = BMR x 1.725
If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : Calorie-Calculati
on = BMR x 1.9
nedict-equation/ Report
Something just doesn't look right on this. Could be me cause I gave up on balancing the checkbook years ago. Report
The problem is the spacing. The steps kind of run together and it's easy to miss a calculation. Report
Confusing. Report
Here's a link to the Harris-Benedict formula, which is what we use to calculate your BMR: https://en.wikipe
93Benedict_equation . The formula above is correct.

Coach Jen Report
mine came out where I have been trying to eat. Report
Neither does everyone else,no matter how much the government tries to shove down our throats. Report
I think the amount you add at the end is wrong. It says to add 655, but I think it should be 65. I looked online at other calculators, and this is how they do it. My BMR came out about 600 cals too high until I added 65 at the end! The men's version looks right. Report
My calculations are wrong or My bmr is over 7250 calories! Love the theory though! Report
I am more confused than I ever was..... Report
This is a great article!! Report
This has both, you can do the top for metric or the bottom for us Report
We need a conversion chart for the U.S. since we don't do metric. Report
I got a negative number for a result. Report


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