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Harris-Benedict (BMR) Calculator

Calculate your basal metabolic rate based on well-known formulas with this online calculator.

Harris-Benedict (BMR) calculator


Revised Harris-Benedict Formula

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Table of contents

What is Harris-Benedict equation?
What is my maintenance calories?
What is basal metabolic rate (BMR)?
Basic formula for BMR
Mifflin-St Jeor Equation:
What is revised? Harris-Benedict formula?
Katch-McArdle formula
BMR tests
The latest BMR research findings

What is Harris-Benedict equation?

With the Harris-Benedict equation you can calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR). The formula needs your age, weight, and height.

What is my maintenance calories?

With this Harris-Benedict calculator you can easily find out how many daily calories you need to maintain your body healthy, and up keep healthy maintenance.

What is basal metabolic rate (BMR)?

Basal metabolic rate means the number of calories your body needs to stay alive and keep its organs functional. The best way to calculate BMR is by using a machine dedicated for this purpose, like an InBody Measurement. It has the same idea as looking how much gasoline car burns when its idling with the engine on.
Normally BMR is measured under very restrictive circumstances while you are awake. To get accurate BMR reading, you need to be totally restful during the test. Basal metabolism is the largest factor in a person's total calorie need for a day. The daily calorie need is usually BMR multiplied with a factor from 1.2 to 1.9.

Basic formula for BMR

If you do not have access to one of the machines to calculate BMR, you can multiply your body weight in kilograms by 20. For example:
BMR = 80kg x 20 = 1600 calories
Better way to calculate BMR is to use some formula, such as The Mifflin St Jeor equation. Using this formula you get more accurate calculation of BMR. There are also other BMR formulas around there.
Read about The Mifflin St Jeor equation

Mifflin-St Jeor Equation:

BMR = 10W + 6.25H - 5A + 5
BMR = 10W + 6.25H - 5A - 161

What is revised? Harris-Benedict formula?

BMR = 13.397W + 4.799H - 5.677A + 88.362
BMR = 9.247W + 3.098H - 4.330A + 447.593

Katch-McArdle formula

BMR = 370 + 21.6(1 - F)W
in which:
W = kg
H = cm
A = years
F = body fat %

BMR tests

Online tests and calculators for BMR are not always very accurate. Best result for BMR you will get by going to a physical measurement with a proper device, such as InBody measurement.

The latest BMR research findings

In 2005 one study showed that there is still a 26% unknown variances in BMR between people, even when all factors are controlled. Therefore BMR is not perfect measurement. Nevertheless BMR gives you a good reference point about your calorie burning, especially if you are an average person.
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Published: Tue Jul 27 2021
Latest update: Mon Oct 18 2021
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