Your body’s metabolism – How many calories do you burn daily?

The metabolic rate is the amount of calories you burn during periods of doing NOTHING. This means that you aren’t moving, thinking, talking etc. Realistically, this only applies to sleeping, bedridden or comatose people.

Calculating metabolic rate

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How many calories do you burn per day in total?

It depends very much on how you spend your time. A rule of thumb is: The more active you are, the more calories you burn and the more you can eat without having weight problems.

Calculate calorie consumption


Your activities during the daytime:

Metabolic rate can be roughly determined from your age, sex and weight. Of course, your body’s muscle/fat ratio also plays a role. The more muscle tissue, the higher the metabolic rate and calorie consumption.

If you would like to know exactly how high your metabolic rate is, you can find out by undergoing a sports physical examination. Metabolic rate equates to the amount of calories you need in order to properly maintain all bodily functions necessary for survival. Your liver, muscles, brain, kidneys and heart consume about 85% of that amount. At an exam, your respiratory air can be analysed to find your metabolic rate.

Thankfully, finding food is pretty simple today for most people. However, this doesn’t help you achieve an ideal body, meaning that you’re more likely to fight against waist fat than against wild animals and competitors for food. You need muscles to get in shape!

Unlike fat tissue, your muscles even use energy when idle. If you want to lose weight, try to gain muscle! Muscles, of course, also have their own weight, but you will have an easier time overall burning calories thanks to your increased metabolic rate. Your body’s form will also improve. 3 pounds of muscle mass need around 120-150 kcal more daily, which translates to weight loss of about 5kg in fat per year, assuming your nutritional habits remain the same.
When attempting to lose weight, it’s better to go without a “diet.” Sinking calorie intake sends a clear signal to the body that there is an emergency. The body is genetically programmed to react by decreasing the amount of energy you use when idle, meaning that your metabolic rate will fall and you will gain weight more quickly – even when eating normal food! Overweight people are often very good at converting food to body fat.