Our body is like a machine and it requires fuel (in the forma of the foods we eat) to function. Our body converts the food into energy and is utilized for various physical activities we perform every day. The number of calories required by the body to perform these basic functions is called Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).
BMR refers to the number of calories our body burns while we are at rest. It is the energy required by our body to carry out basic functions like breathing, circulation, and maintaining organ function. BMR accounts for 60-75% of our total energy expenditure, and it varies from person to person depending on their age, gender, weight, height, and body composition.
Knowing your BMR is essential for maintaining a healthy weight and overall health. Here are some reasons why it is important to know your BMR:
Helps in weight management
Knowing your BMR can help you determine the number of calories you need to consume to maintain, lose, or gain weight. If you consume more calories than your BMR, you will gain weight, and if you consume fewer calories, you will lose weight. By knowing your BMR, you can create a personalized nutritional plan suited to your body’s requirements. This will help you achieve your weight loss or weight gain goals.
Aids in choosing an exercise routine
Knowing your BMR can help you choose an exercise routine to meet your body’s requirements. If you have a high BMR, you can opt for a high-intensity workout and burn more calories. If you have a low BMR, you can opt for a low-intensity workout and burn fewer calories.
Prevents muscle loss
If you don’t consume enough calories to meet your body’s BMR, your body will start breaking down muscle tissue for energy. This can lead to muscle loss and a slower metabolism. By knowing your BMR, you can ensure you are consuming enough calories to maintain your muscle mass and prevent muscle loss.
Improves overall health
Maintaining a healthy BMR is essential for overall health. A low BMR can lead to fatigue, weight gain, and a slower metabolism. On the other hand, a high BMR can lead to a faster metabolism, which can help you burn more calories and maintain a healthy weight. By knowing your BMR, you can make lifestyle changes to promote a healthy metabolism, such as getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and consuming a balanced diet.
Your BMR is just one of the factors Healthy Lifestyle Secrets uses when we create your personalized nutritional profile during our core class.