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Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the amount of energy the body burns during rest and the measurement is sometimes used as a benchmark for how efficiently your metabolism is working.
If you are focussed on maintaining or developing your fitness, you might be wondering what is a good resting metabolic rate and whether you should be trying to improve yours.
There are several different formulas for calculating your RMR. In a lab setting your RMR will be measured by monitoring your oxygen consumption and carbon-dioxide production, but most of us will need a straight-forward approach and the frequently-used Katch McKardle calculation is shown below:
However, if you use several different online calculators you will get several different answers, so what is the point of understanding your RMR?
Many of us over estimate the number of calories our body needs and the number of extra calories that we need if we are exercising regularly. This can mean that over consumption of calories sabotages our other efforts to maintain a fit and healthy body.
Having an indication of your RMR will help you to assess whether your diet is right based on the calories your body actually needs, so understanding it is useful to help you achieve personal goals such as losing or gaining weight.
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