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What is your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)

Question: What is your Basal Metabolic Rate?

Answer: Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the daily total number of calories your body needs while you are in a resting state. In other words, it is your daily calorie requirement before exercise. It is really surprising how much energy your body really needs even when you rest. This energy is used to keep your heart beating, your brain functioning, temperature regulated and all other organs functioning. It is interesting to note that muscle requires far more energy to function than fat, even when you are sitting perfectly still. This also explains why it is so important to increase lean muscle mass if you want to lose weight or maintain your goal weight.

Your Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR, is specifically calculated for you; and takes into account your gender, age, weight and height. To get yours calculated try this free BMR calculator.

How many calories should I consume daily for weight loss

Question: I want to lose weight safely and keep it off. How many calories should I consume daily?

Answer: We all have different energy requirements. These energy requirements (referred to as TER for Total Energy Requirements) are calculated taking into account a number of variables including sex, age, height, activity levels, current weight, lean muscle mass, bone structure and activity levels. If you want to lose weight gradually and permanently; ensure that the calories you take in are almost always less than the calories your body requires on any given day. To keep you going as you have been, your body then uses stored fat to make up for the energy shortfall. If you consume about 300-500 calories per day less than your calculated TER, you will lose weight safely at a rate of approximately 1-2 pounds per week. As a general rule, never reduce your total calorie intake to less than 1 200 calories per day, since too little food can be counterproductive. For a free TER calculator and food journal to track your daily calorie intake, try these free weight loss tools.