BMR And Weight Loss

BMR is an abbreviation for Basal Metabolic Rate.

The definition of Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) according the Merriam Webster Dictionary is: the rate at which heat is given off by an organism at complete rest.

Translated this means: the minimal caloric requirement needed to sustain life in a resting individual.

In other words, if upon awakening you were to sit in a chair all day, this would be the rate at which your body would burn calories. Your BMR would be the number of calories you would burn for the day. It is a well-known fact that knowing an individual’s BMR is very important to healthy weight loss. Consume too many calories each day and you will gain weight over time. Consume too few calories each day and eventually you will die. Knowing an individuals BMR gives us a goal we can use to keep from doing either of those.

Use your BMR as a guide to how many calories you need to eat each day to stay healthy while losing weight.

(BMR) + (calories burned in exercise or other activities) = (calories used for the day) - (calories consumed for the day) = (excess or deficit of calories for the day).

A deficit of calories for the day = weight loss. An excess of calories for the day = weight maintenance or gain depending on how much of an excess there is. You must understand that the calculation for individual BMR is approximate as each individual is a little different from the next and other factors also affect BMR slightly, but for the purpose of weight loss and weight management it is a useful tool.