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BMR Calculator

Learn your BMR in three easy steps

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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 your calories burned 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. But that 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:

BMR FOR WOMEN
FACTOR   ENTER   MULTIPLY BY   RESULT
WEIGHT
(enter one)
kg. ________ x 9.6 = _______
lb. ________ x 4.36

HEIGHT
(enter one)
cm. ________ x 1.8 = _______
in. ________ x 4.57

1. Add Height / Weight Results _______
AGE   ________ x 4.7 = _______

2. Subtract Age Result _______
  +       655
  YOUR BMR = _______



BMR FOR MEN
FACTOR   ENTER   MULTIPLY BY   RESULT
WEIGHT
(enter one)
kg. ________ x 13.7 = _______
lb. ________ x 6.23

HEIGHT
(enter one)
cm. ________ x 5 = _______
in. ________ x 12.7

1. Add Height / Weight Results _______
AGE   ________ x 6.8 = _______

2. Subtract Age Result _______
  + 66
  YOUR BMR = _______

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