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Weight Loss at Rest

Posted on 04/10/2013

Weight loss is a matter of calories in versus calories out...how many times have you heard me say (or write) that? It's true though. Sounds too simple to be so, but it most certainly comes down to that simple formula. 

Weight loss can be achieved, even at rest (i.e., no activity other than body functions). The problem is that most people do not know this and do not know how many calories their body needs to function, let alone lose weight...even at rest.

The number of calories burned while at rest is called the basal metabolic rate (BMR), and it's a measure of how much energy your body uses just to keep it functioning and in check (i.e., body temperature regulated, heart beating, braining functioning and etc.). Each person has his/her own caloric needs to keep functioning without gaining or losing weight.

While some people have no choice in the matter and are impaired in some capacity from doing any activity, most of us do have a choice. We choose each day when we set foot out of our beds to be active or inactive. Do you park far away from the door or look for the closet parking spot? Do you take the stairs or ride an elevator? Do you walk instead of drive?  Do you do household chores or do you have someone to help you? Do you have a favorite activity besides watching television or other passive activities? Do you exercise or sit and watch others who are active? It all comes down to choices.

So, for those who are limited in their mobility (or those who choose to not be active) they must know how much they need to burn calories to function. If they choose wrong, then they will gain weight. If they do not choose enough, then they will lose weight.

So, here's a formula to figure out your BMR: 

For women: BMR = 655 + (4.35 X weight in pounds) + (4.7 X height in inches) - (4.7 X age in years).

For men: BMR = 66 + (6.23 X weight in pounds) + (12.7 X height in inches) - (6.8 X age in years).

Another way to get it, but not as accurate, is to multiple your body weight in pounds by 11.

So, figure out your BMR and be honest about your activity level if you are either gaining weight or not losing weight. This will give you a good idea of how many calories your body needs to function. If you want to lose weight or are gaining weight, you may need to adjust accordingly.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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