Learn Your Basal Metabolic Rate in Sanibel, FL
Even though it may not feel like it, your body is always in motion. It takes plenty of fuel (calories) to keep your body running normally as it digests food, pumps blood through your body, makes your lungs move and much more. The number of calories your body burns at rest is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR).
To find out your basal metabolic rate? Call (239) 425-2900 or contact Dr. Doreen DeStefano online.
What is Basal Metabolic Rate?
Knowing your basal metabolic rate (or at least an estimate) is a good way to calculate how many calories you should take in each day to lose or maintain your body weight.
You may notice that you can't seem to eat the same foods you used to without gaining weight. This is because your BMR changes over time as your body ages and you begin to lose muscle mass. If you know your basal metabolic rate, you can adjust your daily calories to keep your figure looking fit and your body healthy.
How to Calculate Basal Metabolic Rate
The easiest way to calculate your rate is to use a simple online program. Simply input your height, weight, age and gender and the program will calculate your number. You can take this number and apply it to the Harris Benedict Formula to determine your daily caloric needs to lose, maintain or gain weight.
Basal Metabolic Rate Formula & Your Health
Pulling all the pieces of your health together can be important information. Your healthcare provider may calculate your basal metabolic rate and use other factors like:
- Body mass index
- Belly fat
- Target heart rate
- Activity level
- Current diet
- Overall lifestyle
These factors, along with your BMR can be used to formulate exercise and nutrition plans specifically tailored to your needs.
You can also take these numbers to your health care provider and share your thoughts or concerns. They are a great way to open the door of communication about ways to losing excess fat weight and live healthier.
Learn more about your basal metabolic rate today: call (239) 425-2900 or contact Dr. Doreen DeStefano online.
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