Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How many calories do you burn by doing nothing?

What's your RMR?

RMR stands for Resting Metabolic Rate (sometimes referred to as the Basal Metabolic Rate).

Your RMR is the energy that is required for you (or any animal) to stay alive with no activity.

When determining your RMR there are many variables that come into play such as your age, your sex, your weight, your height and your fat-free body mass.

The amount you exercise, living in a cold environment, some supplements, eating small regular meals each day are all things that will increase your RMR rate.

Things that decrease your RMR are growing older and crash-dieting.  The first is recommended.  The second, not so much.

So how do you determine your RMR?

If you put "Resting Metabolic Rate" in a search engine, you'll easily find websites that host RMR calculators.

Any easy way to approximate it is to times your weight by 11.  If you weigh 120 lbs. your RMR is 1,310 (your body burns 1,310 calories each day by just being idle.)  If you weigh 200 lbs your RMR is 2,200.

"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent." - Buddha. 

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