Women: 655 + (4.35 x weight in lbs.) + (4.7 x height in inches) – 4.7 x age in years)
Men: 66 + (6.23 x weight in lbs.) + (12.7 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in years)
This may be a surprise to most, but leaner bodies need more calories than less leaner bodies. And the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn.
Overweight or very overweight individuals will often over-estimate calories needs (fat does not burn calories). However, muscles burn calories, and so overly muscular individuals typically under-estimate calorie needs. This makes is much easier for muscular individuals to lose weight or stay lean compared to those with less muscles.
Your BMR is your Basal Metabolic Rate, which is the amount of calories your body needs daily in a resting state.
Calculating your BMR will help you find your daily calorie needs. This way you can calculate how many calories you need to cut back on in order to lose weight.
Knowing this is important because dropping your calorie intake too drastically over time will only drop your metabolism, making it more difficult to lose weight. And over time, your body will adapt and require less and less calories in order to lose body fat.
Try to subtract 500 but no more than 1000 calories from you BMR to kick off your weight loss program.
Of course regular exercise and eating healthy is ultimately the best plan to staying healthy and fit. Exercise and muscle will raise your BMR.
Below is a formula to calculate your BMR. Or visit any of the BMR Calculator sites on this page.
BigHubs | May 2015 | Fitness Workouts | Weight Loss | BMR
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