Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B Is For...Basal Metabolic Rate

Basal metabolic rate is the number of calories you would burn if you stayed in bed all day. 

(I love those days when I get to snuggle under the covers all day, except I'm usually sick or just exhausted) 

We burn calories no matter what we are doing, even when we are asleep. In fact, did you know,  people who fidget burn more calories than those who don't fidget, so if your a restless sleeper (moving around a lot, kicking your partner) your BMR will be higher than the number that the calculator spits out. 

According to Wikipedia..."The release, and using, of energy in this state is sufficient only for the functioning of the vital organs, the heart, lungs, nervous system, kidneys, liver, intestines, sex organs, muscles and skin."

To calculate you BMR you can go to a number of different sites like this one, plug in your height, weight, age and sex and you will get a rough estimate of your BMR. If you are wanting to lose weight subtract 200-300 calories from that and burn another 200-300 with exercise and you can lose those extra pounds easy peasy. Women should never go below 1200 calories a day and men should never go below 1500.  These number are rough estimates and not hard data as everyone is different and there are always some variables to factor in. So click on the BMR link and have fun finding out what your body burns at rest. 

Thanks so very much for stopping by to see my A-Z Challenge post of the day. Have a Fantabulous day y'all see ya tomorrow, and don't forget to give your loved ones a hug!

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. 

 "Limitations only exist if you let them" 

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  1. Interesting post and topic. From your description I think I live my BMR also! Nothing like sleep, especially if it is accomplishing something!

  2. Hmmm, that's pretty interesting. I'm gonna check it out.

  3. I've heard of this before but never actually calculated my own. According to the site mine's 1464.35.

    This was fun- Thanks Shannon!

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  4. Who knew! I don't just fidget in my sleep, I've woken up sword fighting the pillows! :)

    Konstanz Silverbow
    A-to-Z April Blogging Challenge Co-host

  5. I need to remember this post when it's time to lose the baby weight :)

  6. That's basically what I have been doing for a few weeks by using FitDay. They work it all out for you.


  7. Hey, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog :) Very cool blog you have here...I'm always looking for ways to get/stay healthy and this seems like a good place to go for that.

    I've heard the term before, but never really knew what it meant. Thanks for the great explanation :)

  8. Very informative. Thanks for sharing! :)

  9. I just started eating my BMR recently and I thought there was NO way I could continue to lose eating that many calories. I was wrong. I finally passed my plateau and have been moving down around a pound a week since.

  10. I love using the BMR calculators. It's kinda fun to watch it change as I lose weight. Dorky but true.

  11. I should look into this sometime. But seeing as I have just come out of hibernation, I need to be putting on weight. A Bear's got to do what a Bear's go to do.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

  12. I've read about burning calories in one's sleep - and remember feeling very thrilled about that! In fact, isn't getting enough sleep a way to manage weight? :D Interesting post, Shannon!


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