Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)…What is it?

Your Resting Metabolic Rate or RMR is the number of calories you burn in a 24 hour period if you were at rest….not watching TV, not reading a book….but simply at rest.

Why is this important to know? Because it can be very useful to those wanting to lose and maintain weight as it supplies a very important number in your caloric expenditure. For example: If I have a RMR of 1500 calories per day – I can take in (eat and drink) 1500 calories and maintain my current weight. If I want to lose weight I can either decrease my caloric intake or simply add some exercise to my weekly routine.

Is your RMR constant, never changing? No. Your RMR will fluctuate do to a number of things including your weight. So if you are currently 40 pounds overweight – then your RMR will be higher than it will be when you are at your target weight. This is important to know when calculating how many calories you need to burn and how many you can take in so that weight loss can be achieved. It would be wise to recalculate your RMR after every 10 pounds of weight loss.

How do I calculate it?
Females: multiply your weight in kilograms by 24 by .9 (kg x 24 x .9)
Males: multiply your weight in kilograms by 24 (kg x 24)
OR – even better – get your RMR testing at Fitness Ridge or your local health club. This is a more accurate way to find your RMR. The test is easy and takes about 15-20 minutes.