Basal Metabolic Rate Calculator
What is metabolism?
Metabolism is a description of all the chemical processes that go on continuously inside the body to keep you alive and your organs functioning normally. All the processes like breathing, digesting food and cell repairing require energy.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
To find out how many calories you need to function daily you need to calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). BMR tells you the minimum amount of energy your body needs every day. If you add exercise into the calculation, you can find out your average calorie need.
Why do I need to know my BMR?
If you know your Basal Metabolic Rate, it is much easier to design a successful weight loss programme tailored to your lifestyle. If you know the number of calories your body consumes daily, you can easily figure out how many calories per day to eat to keep functioning and lose weight.
Is my metabolic rate slow?
Your metabolism starts to slow down when you reach 30-40 years old. The decline for an average person is usually between 5 and 10% per decade. The good news however is that this process is not inevitable. People who stay physically active experience only 0.3% decline per decade, which is a huge difference.*
How can I increase my metabolism?
Certain foods and drinks may help boost your metabolism including green tea, black coffee, spices and energy drinks (although watch the sugar content of these). Another way to increase your BMR is by increasing your muscle mass. Muscle cells use up more energy than fat cells, so the higher your muscle mass, the higher your metabolism.