WHAT IS BMR? (BASAL METABOLIC RATE)

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BMR also known as Basal metabolic rate, is the amount of energy in the form of calories that is burned off while at rest.

Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy that your body expends while at rest in a neutral environment. This mean, when you sit down and do nothing, your body is always burning calories at a certain rate. 

You don’t need to run like 5 miles to burn all the calories in your body. The human body is a complex machine and requires a large amount of energy in the form of calories just to stay alive. Everyday, your body works by controlling core temperature, balancing metabolism, and growing or losing lean body mass. The amount of energy (calories) that the body needs to function while at rest in a neutral environment is called basal metabolic rate, This is the number of calories that your body needs burn per day to maintain bodily functions.

HOW DO I CALCULATE MY BMR?
Their are many calculators online, Each one offers varying numbers but essentially they are all very close. My favorite one is the calculator  from bodybuilding.com, you can calculate your own BMR by clicking here.

I HAVE MY BMR, HOW WOULD I LOSE WEIGHT?
Easy, so if you remember your BMR is the amount of calories your body needs per day to maintain bodily functions. Take your number and subtract it by 500. Why 500? Essentially, 1 pound is roughly 3500 calories. So a general rule of thumb, subtract 500 calories from your BMR everyday for one week. The end result is one pound of fat will be lost in a week.
(500 calories x 7 days in a week = 3,500 calories)

So now you have it, overall losing or gaining weight is your a numbers game. Follow your BMR and adjust according and you should lose all the unwanted fat. If you have anymore questions, please comment below.

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Lori Yu
Lori Yu is the founder of Reviewyu. I am passionate blogger and fitness enthusiast by heart. This blog is made to express my knowledge on writing blogs and losing weight.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve worked out my bmr to be 1,628 to lose weight I minus 500 this leaves just 1,128 calories per day. Will I still be able to weight train and do hiit 5 days a week with this little amount of calories?

    • You could but then your metabolism would stall because of the super low caloric deficit. Introduce refeeds to speed up your metabolism and prevent it from stalling.

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