BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) refers to the amount of energy or calories our bodies burn at rest to carry out basic functions like breathing, pumping blood, and maintaining organ function. This energy is necessary for our bodies to function even when we’re not doing any physical activity.
Factors influencing our BMR include our age, gender, height, weight, and body composition. Generally, men tend to have a higher BMR than women due to their higher muscle mass.
Similarly, younger people tend to have a higher BMR than older people. People with more muscle mass also tend to have a higher BMR because muscle tissue requires more energy to maintain than fat tissue.
Knowing your BMR can be one of the most useful metrics to know if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight. By calculating your BMR, you can determine how many calories your body needs to function at rest. From there, you can adjust your nutritional intake based on your activity level to achieve your weight loss or maintenance goals.
Because your BMR is such a crucial number to know when it comes to losing weight, Healthy Lifestyle Secrets makes it a cornerstone in the development of your individualized profile when you go through our classes. Click here for a list of classes currently enrolling