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BMI and BMR Calculator

BMI is body mass index.  It is a ratio of your height to weight and, among other things, is used as an index of obesity to predict health risks.  The basic idea is that the heavier you are compared to your height, the more likely it is for your percent body fat to be elevated.  Not always true, of course, but true enough for most people that it is a useful measurement. 

BMR is basal metabolic rate, and is a measure of the rate your body burns calories while at complete rest.  It is kind of like measuring how much gas your car uses when the engine is idling, but you are parked.  It is used as the starting point of calculations that measure how many total calories you burn in a day.

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BMI Calculator

Use the calculator to accurately compute your BMI and the health category:


The BMI calculator uses the following weight categories for your BMI score:


Underweight = less than 18.5
Normal weight = 18.5 - 24.9
Overweight = 25.0 - 29.9
Obese = 30.0 or greater

What is BMI?

Body Mass Index (BMI) represents an index of body weight in relation to height. While BMI is not a measure of body fat, it is recommended as a more accurate way to assess body fatness than measuring weight alone.

In general, people with BMI in Normal range have the lowest health risks.


However, higher BMI does not always mean that a person has too much fat. Although BMI correlates with body fat level, it is not the perfect tool for evaluating the health risks associated with obesity. For example, athletes may have BMI which is higher than Normal because they have more muscle and thus weigh more than average people. But despite their high BMI, they are fit and in good health.

At the same time, BMI which is lower than Normal is usually associated with either extreme natural leanness or, in a worse case, with malnutrition or even starvation.

 
BMR Calculator

Use the calculator  to compute your daily BMR rate - the minimum daily calories required to maintain the essential body functions (not including extra calories required for activities such as exercise):


What is BMR?

The rate at which energy (calories) is used for the essential life functions is called Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Basal metabolism includes most of the involuntary things the human body does to support life - such as breathing, blood circulation, body temperature regulation, nervous system operations, etc., but not the extra energy needed for any additional physical activity such as gym exercise.


In other words, if you laid in bed all day doing nothing else, then you would need to eat at least the number of calories roughly equal to your BMR in order to maintain your normal body functions.

Basal metabolism consumes from 60 to 70% of body's total daily calories expenditure.


What is RMR?

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is equivalent to BMR but is measured under less strict conditions. BMR usually assumes special lab conditions where even the room temperature has to be exact. RMR is the BMR value adjusted for the regular life environment.

RMR values are about 15% higher than the BMR values.

In your diet calculations, you can safely use RMR instead of the scientifically precise BMR.

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