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what is the basal metabolic rate

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- Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is defined as the number of calories required by the body to accomplish basal life-sustaining functions like breathing, circulation and cell production. This is important because it helps one know how much calories to consume and how much exercise is needed to maintain a healthy weight.

**Explanation:**

This is determined by several factors including sex, weight, age, height, ethnicity, genetic factors and weight history.

Its calculation is different in women and men

The formula to calculate BMR in women is as follows

BMR = 655 + (9.6 × weight in kg) + (1.8 × height in cm) – (4.7 × age in years)

In men, the BMR formula is as follows

BMR = 66 + (13.7 × weight in kg) + (5 × height in cm) – (6.8 × age in years)

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