Unclear of what MBR actually is? Don't want to dig deep into the science of it? (Who has the time!?) No worries, I’m going to keep this short, sweet, and to the point. First, BMR is easy to break down and pretty simplistic when described the right way. Second, luckily you have me so it will be even simpler and hopefully a bit interesting. In this short article I will define BMR, discuss its importance, and then provide a couple ways to measure it. Let’s do this!
What is BMR?
BMR simply stands for Basal Metabolic Rate, and I know some of you may already be like, “what the heck does that mean?” but don’t worry because Dr. Brown (future) is going to break it down for you word by word before I explain its importance.
That being said, basal means belonging to a base layer, metabolic derives from metabolism, which is that word that gets thrown around for how your body converts energy from food, then rate is just a measure or quantity.
Put simply, it’s a measure of the base amount of energy the body needs. More specifically, the amount of calories your body needs to maintain vital functions like breathing and staying warm.
Sounds important right?
Well it certainly is, but unfortunately most people don’t even know what their BMR is so they can easily be missing out on needed calories.
By knowing your BMR, it makes knowing how much you need to eat each day much easier.
Remember, this is only in reference to basic life function so the BMR does not take into account calories needed for weight loss or weight gain.
However, it would be difficult to map out how many calories you would need to consume to reach either a weight loss or weight gain goal it you don’t know how much your body requires just to function.
Not only that, but it would give you a target to shoot for to make sure that you’re eating enough food throughout the day.
For example, mine is about 1,900 calories so every day I aim to consume at least that many calories worth of food but preferably a little over due to training.
How do you measure BMR?
Many factors can affect your BMR such as gender, age, height, and weight to name a few. To accurately calculate BMR, an expert will also take an analysis of carbon dioxide and oxygen after a subject has fasted for 12 hours and has had at least eight hours of sleep.
You can also get a rough estimation of this data by using the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation, which was a formula introduced in 1990. Since it has proven to be more accurate than other BMR formulas, it is now considered the standard.
You can easily find this equation online but why do your own math only to get a rough estimate?
Granted, this is coming from someone who isn’t the biggest fan of math, but my point still stands.
Instead, there are machines such as the In-body machine which are far more accurate, that can measure your BMR as well as other vital measurements such as body fat percentage, lean mass, and water weight.
What makes this even better is that the GO House has one in the facility!
Overall, knowing your BMR can make any change in body composition goals much easier to map, and will provide a base number for you to follow to simply maintain the physique you are currently at.
Also, if you would like to get an accurate measurement of your BMR at Gravity and Oxygen then feel click here to set up an appointment!
I hope this info helps you on your journey of living a healthy lifestyle, and remember to Live well and Love long.