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Determination of the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) - Schofield equation
Dieting - BMR - RMR Calculators
Several of these calculators may be particularly useful for dieters. Just about every single MAJOR calorie/ energy equation that has been released over the last 90 years is included below. Each calculator has a customized printout option for easy analysis.
: Try each calculator - print out the results - then compare!
Estimated 'Calorie' Calculators
: Estimation of total calories needed. MOST widely used equation for calculating basal metabolic rate and total calories.
Revised Harris-Benedict Equation
: The original Harris Benedict equation was revised in 1984. This updated equation can be used to calculate the basal metabolic rate and total calories.
RESTING Metabolic Rate (RMR)
: Resting Metabolic Rate Calc - This equation can be used to calculate the RESTING metabolic rate and total calories. Mifflin-St Jeor equation.
Schofield equation (BMR)
This equation was part of the previous government guidelines to formulate RDA's and can be used to calculate the basal metabolic rate and total calories needed.
Institute of Medicine Equation- LATEST EQUATION
: IOM Equation-Estimated Energy Requirement (EER) Estimation of total calories needed. This equation is behind the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the new food pyramid, MyPyramid.
Use activity levels below
Select a custom value
Current daily activity level
Select a custom stress/activity factor
Definition of activity levels:
The activity level above will be used along with the BMR derived from the Schofield equation to calculate an estimate of the daily energy needs (kcal/day)
Male stress factor
Female stress factor
. Little to no exercise. Inactive in both work and leisure.
Intensive exercise for at least 20 minutes once or twice per week or daily routine includes some walking. Example: student. Generally you do not exercise regularly, but you maintain a busy life style that requires you to walk frequently for long periods.
Intensive exercise for at least 20 to 45 minutes 3 to 4 times per week or a job with a lot of walking, or a moderate intensity job.
Intensive exercise for 60 minutes or greater 5 to 7 days per week. Labor-intensive occupations also qualify for this level. Labor-intensive occupations include construction work (brick laying, carpentry, general labor, etc.). Also farming, landscape worker or similar occupations.
: Exceedingly active and/or very demanding activities: Examples include: athlete with an almost unstoppable training schedule with multiple training sessions throughout the day or a very demanding job, such as shoveling coal or working long hours on an assembly line. Generally, this level of activity is very difficult to achieve.
Schofield - Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
The Schofield Equation allows one to estimate the basal metabolic rate (BMR) in calories based on a few simple variables: gender, age, and weight. Height is not required. The final result is given as a range and is adjusted upward or downward from the calculated value based on the 'standard error of estimated' or SEE (provided by the author). Individuals that have a much higher lean body mass (reduced body fat), should use the upper end of the range, while individuals with a greater body fat percentage should use the lower end of the range.
These equations were also published in 1989 in the government dietary guidelines and were used to formulate the recommend daily allowances (RDA's) for energy needs. In 2002, these equations were replaced by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) equations.
Schofield - Basal Metabolic Rate equations:
BMR = 17.686 x (wt kg) + 658.2 SEE = 105
BMR = 13.384 x (wt kg) + 692.6 SEE = 111
BMR = 15.057 x (wt kg) + 692.2 SEE = 153
BMR = 14.818 x (wt kg) + 486.6
SEE = 119
BMR = 11.472 x (wt kg) + 873.1
SEE = 167
BMR = 8.126 x (wt kg) + 845.6
SEE = 111
BMR =11.711 x (wt kg) + 587.7
SEE = 164
BMR =9.082 x (wt kg) + 658.5
SEE = Standard error of estimation
Schofield WN. Predicting basal metabolic rate, new standards and review of previous work. Hum Nutr Clin Nutr. 1985;39 Suppl 1:5-41.
Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy required to maintain the body's normal metabolic activity, such as respiration, maintenance of body temperature (thermogenesis), and digestion. Specifically, it is the amount of energy required at rest with no additional activity. The energy consumed is sufficient only for the functioning of the vital organs such as the heart, lungs, nervous system, kidneys, liver, intestine, sex organs, muscles, and skin.
Skeletal muscle: 18%
Measurement versus predictive equations:
: Method: direct or indirect calorimetry.
BMR: Conditions: measured under very restrictive circumstances and strict adherence to protocols. This method is generally impractical in most cases.
RMR: less restrictive conditions and more easily obtained. The resting metabolic rate is only marginally different from the BMR.
An alternative method is to use predictive equations that can provide a rough
of the basal or resting metabolic rate. The basal or the resting metabolism is the largest component of the total energy expenditure (TEE).... usually 60 - 75%. The RMR or BMR is usually at the higher end of this range for sedentary individuals (70-75%) and at lower the end for athletes.
Error rate of predictive equations
The various predictive equations for determining the resting or basal metabolic rates may significantly under or overestimate the total calories needed to maintain the current weight of an individual when combined with stress/activity factors that are selected by the user. This variance can approach 20% (over or underestimation) depending on differences in body composition (lean versus obese), actual activity levels (athletic versus sedentary lifestyle), and energy levels expended in thermogenesis.
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