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What You Need To Know About Resting Metabolic Rate

Our bodies use energy even when we are doing absolutely nothing. The resting metabolic rate defined as the minimum number of calories that the body needs to support basic physiological functions namely breathing , blood circulation among others. All these functions are essential for you to remain alive. Scientists has proved that the RMR is estimated between 60-75% of the total caloric expenditure used daily. It is a fact that you use energy even when resting.
Over the years, more and more individuals have gained interest in knowing their resting metabolic rate. This is informed by the fact that knowing your score gives you an idea on what is the minimum amount of calories your body needs during such activities. This is especially important if you are trying to lose, gain or even maintain current weight. While both RMR and BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) are used in calculating calories burned during rest, the Resting Metabolic Rate is widely used since it provides more accurate results.
In order to determine your rate, there are certain measures of your body that you have to make.

How to Calculate RMR

Formula (The Mufflin equation)
  • For men: (10 x w) + (6.25 x h) – (5 x a) + 5
  • For women: (10 x w) + (6.25 x h) – (5 x a) – 161

First, you need to calculate your body weight. This number needs to be in kilograms. To get the number in kilos, first you need to find out your weight in pounds and then multiply the resulting number by 0.4535. Next, you need to measure your height in centimeters. Similarly, you first determine your standing height in inches and then multiply the number by 2.54 to get the value in centimeters.
With these variables, it is then possible to calculate the RMR for both men and women. For males, you multiply your body weight in kilos by ten, add height in centimeters multiplied by 6.25, subtract your age multiplied by 6.76 and then add sixty six. For women, you multiply the weight in kilos by 9.56, add height multiplied with1.85, deduct your age multiplied by 4.68 and add 65. However, this can be done by simply using a Resting Metabolic Rate calculator available online.

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