Have you ever wondered how many calories you burn each day? The Harris-Benedict formula can help you find the answer to this question. It not only helps you calculate your individual Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), but also shows you your daily calorie needs.
The Harris-Benedict Formula or Harris-Benedict Equation was first published in 1918 Trusted Source. It was revised in 1984 and again in 1990 to improve accuracy. In its basic form, it multiplies your BMR by your daily activity level to get the number of calories you need to consume each day to maintain your weight.
It is important to note that in addition to physical exercise you should consider the type of work you do, if you are a bricklayer or a farmer for example, the calorie requirement will be much higher than someone who works in an office.
How many calories should be consumed to lose or gain weight?
- To lose weight you should consume between 10% and 20% less than indicated
- To gain weight you should eat 10% and 20% more calories than indicated
Calorie consumption from different activities
The following table shows the calorie consumption of some activities that are carried out on a daily basis. For the following data, a 70kg person has been taken as a basis, performing the activity continuously for 30 minutes.
- Computer work 51
- cooking 93
- Garden work 167
- Grocery shopping (with cart) 130
- Light office work 56
- Line up 47
- Walking (5km/h) 149
- washing the car 167
- Watching TV 28
- Mow the lawn 167
- Playing with children 149
- reading 42
- Sitting in meetings 60
- sleep 23
Do men and women burn calories differently?
The answer to the question of whether men and women burn calories differently is “Yes.” To calculate your individual Basal Metabolic Rate, you need to consider three factors: your age, gender, and weight/body composition.
Men generally have less body fat than women. This means that they often have more muscle mass than women, even women of the same age and weight. More muscle means more calories burned while at rest. So, in general, men burn more calories than women in general.
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