Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) Calculator
Your Basal Metabolic Rate, or more commonly known as your BMR, is basically the amount of energy your body requires on a daily basis to perform it’s normal functions.
Imagine if you were to just sit on the couch all day, doing absolutely nothing: your body would still need energy to survive. It needs to pump blood through your body, allow your heart to beat, make your lungs expand and contract, etc. That is what your BMR is.
Quite simply, if you were to sit in bed ALL day, your BMR represents how many calories your body would consume while sitting there doing nothing.
Knowing your BMR is the first step in figuring out what your daily calorie intake should be to meet your personal fitness goals. People looking to put on more weight obviously need to eat more calories than their body is burning, and vice versa with those trying to lose weight. You can learn more about figuring out your daily calorie intake by checking out my Fitness for Beginners series.
Use the custom BMR Calculator below to calculate how many calories you need every day:
Harris-Benedict Equation Calculator
The Harris Benedict Equation is a formula that was created from and by the research of James Arthur Harris and Francis Gano Benedict in 1919. Though it has been modified and changed over the years, it’s still the most widely used equation today that uses your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) in combination with your activity level to determine your total daily energy usage in calories. The only thing the Harris-Benedict Equation doesn’t take into consideration is lean body mass. People who are more lean need more calories than those with less leaner bodies. That being said, the Harris-Benedict Equation is extremely accurate for everyone except the extremely muscular (it will under estimate required calories) and the those who have a higher body fat percentage (it will over estimate required calories).
However, regardless of you being extremely muscular or extremely overweight, it’s still an excellent source to use to determine what your daily calorie intake should be in order to achieve your fitness goals.
In order to use the Harris-Benedict Equation, you first need to know your Basal Metabolic Rate, or BMR. You can get your BMR using the BMR calculator above.
Once you know your BMR, you then need to determine what your level of activity is. Use the chart below to determine your daily activity level. Once you have determined your daily activity level, multiply your BMR by the respective number (or continue scrolling to use our built in Harris-Benedict Equation calculator) to know what your required daily calorie intake should be to maintain your current body weight.
How Your Required Daily Calorie Intake is Calculated
(little to no exercise)
|BMR x 1.2|
|Lightly Active |
(light exercise/sports 1-3 days a week)
|BMR x 1.375|
|Averagely Active |
(moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days a week)
|BMR x 1.55|
|Very Active |
(hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week)
|BMR x 1.725|
|Intensely Active |
(extremely hard exercise/sports & physical job or multiple daily workouts)
|BMR x 1.9|