WHAT IS BMR?
Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR, is the amount of energy expended daily by humans at rest. The release, and using, of energy in this state is sufficient only for the functioning of the vital organs. Knowing your BMR can help you lose, maintain or gain weight. Depending on your current activity level, you arrive at your target daily calorie intake. Consuming these fixed number of calories will help you maintain your weight.
How can knowing my BMR help me?
Your BMR can be a helpful starting point for figuring out how to adjust your diet and exercise to achieve your weight goals. Once you know your BMR, you can adjust your daily target calorie intake to lose weight, maintain weight or gain weight. For example, if you want to gain weight, consume more calories than you burn. If you want to lose weight, consume lesser calories than you burn in order to create a calorie deficit. If you want to maintain weight, consume the same calories as you burn.
Can we change our BMR?
A lot of factors determine our BMR. Factors like age, gender, weight, height, ethnicity, body composition all affect our BMR. Out of these, changing your body composition can increase your BMR. This means that the more muscles you have, the more calories your body burns at rest. Exercises like strength training and increasing your muscle mass can help increase your BMR.
Higher the BMR, higher the calorie expenditure. Knowing your BMR is a good place to start whether you want to gain, lose or maintain weight.