Now many of you reading this may or may not have heard of BMR.
BMR stands for Basal Metabolic rate, but what the hell does it mean and why do you need to know about it?
Well, BMR is the amount of energy expressed in calories that a person needs to keep the body functioning at rest.
This means that you, as an individual will burn a given amount of calories simply existing on a daily basis with zero movement.
Therefore if you just lay in bed all day, not moving (chance would be a fine thing right lads?) you would still burn calories simply by breathing and by your body carrying out its ‘bodily’ functions.
So how do you know what your BMR is? Don’t worry I got you.
Head on over to www.calculator.net right now which is a great place to very simply work out your daily calorie requirements.
Type in your details such as age, height, weight sex and when it asks for your for activity levels simply select ‘Base Metabolic rate’ and then calculate.
FYI, using myself as an example, 39 year old male, height 5ft 10, current weight 191lbs – my BMR is 1793 cals per day.
So just to confirm that If I did absolutely NAFF all and lay still for 24 hours (which will never happen by the way) I would still burn close to 1800 cals. Pretty cool right?
So why am I telling you all of this?
Well I know a lot of you are using certain calorie trackers right now and there always seems to be a lot of blokes popping up saying how they can’t believe they have burnt so many calories?
Well remember that most of them are factoring in your BMR based on the stats you have given them…
Simply by existing you are burning calories!
I’m told the Apple watch will actually give you a breakdown of your BMR and then your active calories (burned through exercise) on top of that which is pretty cool. The Fit-Bit I’ve found can be way out by at least 500 calories (over estimating calorie expenditure).
For me www.calculator.net is a great tool for finding your BMR and then working out your daily needs based on your activity levels. FYI I put myself down as moderately active (exercise / sports 3-5 x per week) to get a clear picture of what I am burning daily through BMR and movement.
So there you have it lads, Basal Metabolic Rate explained.
Id love to know what your is?
Let me know and I hope this gives you a better understanding when tracking cals in /out moving forward.