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What is BMR and why does it matter?

Find out how your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) can help you lose weight and keep it off.

Our bodies are incredibly complex systems. Right now, your body is carrying out thousands of intricate functions. We’re not just talking about the obvious things like breathing and pumping blood around your body. Your cells are repairing and rebuilding, your food is digesting, and your temperature is being regulated.

All these physical functions demand energy from your body, and that’s what your BMR is all about.

What is BMR?

BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate. It refers to the amount of energy (in calories) your body needs to carry out the most basic functions which keep you alive. Even when you are asleep, you need energy to fuel your internal organs, digestive system, brain, cells and more.

Why does BMR matter when you lose weight?

You need to understand your personal BMR to lose weight. Your body needs a certain amount of calories every day to function. If you take your calories too low in a bid to lose weight quickly, you could eat less than your body needs just to keep itself alive.

Is everyone's BMR the same?

No. Everybody’s BMR is different. It is influenced by age, gender, body size, height, weight, and mass. The size of your internal organs actually has a big effect on your BMR (incredible, isn’t it?). Online BMR calculators do a pretty good job of giving you a guideline.

Know your BMR and understand how your body works. It will put you in a strong position when you want to lose weight. Your BMR helps keep your metabolism healthy, so you can work with your body and not against it. Your long term wellbeing is important even when you are trying to get healthier by losing weight!

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