Losing Weight – Why It’s Important to Know Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) – Part1


Knowing your BMR can make a world of a difference if you are trying to lose weight. If you have no idea what a BMR is then keep reading, the answer may surprise you.

Your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR is the basic or bear minimum amount of energy or calories your body really needs to carry out its basic bodily function, this is when you are at a complete rest. The bodily functions that I am talking about is the non-consensus functions such as digestion, elimination, heart beat brain function, cell repair and respiration/breathing just to name a few.

About 60-70% of the calories we consume each day will go towards fueling these basic body functions.

This % will obviously differ based on age, gender, height, and weight. As well as the amount of calories used over all for these functions will also vary based on gender, age, weight and height.

Calculating your BMR is important because you want to know how much calories your body really needs in order to operated efficiently and effectively. Once the BMR can be established, then you can go on to figure out what your over all daily recommended caloric intake should be. And once we know that then we can start to give our bodies just what it needs without over feeding it on calories which it will convert t fat and store in the body.

The bottom line is, (no pun intended) that if you desire to lose weight, you need to know how much calories your body requires each day, and cut back just enough to have to body convert some of the stored fat to burn as calories, there by losing weight.

Calorie restricting is the basic and most easiest way to start losing weight. But restricting too mush calories from the body can cause more harm than good, so we need to first establish the basal metabolic rate, then find the additional amount required by the body, and this will depend on whether you are an active person, sedentary, or average. Once you have both these figures we can add them together and find the amount of calories you need per day.

This will give us a good idea as to how much calories we can safely restrict each day and lose weight. Most Weight loss programs use this method to help you lose weight, but it is important to note that this should only be a part of a comprehensive program to lose weight, and would not be used by itself as this can cause over eating once the caloric restriction is over. Also if your body senses that it is being starved of its regular supply of calories your body will hold on tight to the fat reserves making it hard to lose weight.

If you are planing to lose weight you should also add weight training and aerobics to your routine.

Source by Francis Y Yang