What is BMR?
What is BMR? It’s your Basic Metabolic Rate. Why does BMR matter if you have Type 2 Diabetes? Let’s investigate! Your basic metabolic rate determines how much energy your body consumes even when it’s at rest. So, a high BMR means that you need more calories for basic metabolic functioning and a low BMR means that you need less energy from food to keep your body’s systems running normally.
How is BMR Determined?
Your weight, height, age, gender and activity levels are determining factors. Stress and illness can alter your BMR, so do be aware that no online calculator will be one hundred percent spot on. However, using a metabolism calculator is a good start.
Our basal metabolism calculator indicates the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight. Now, let’s look at what else you can do with it.
BMR Targets and Weight Loss
Knowing the amount of calories it takes to maintain weight means that you can trim that down and use your BMR calculator to lose weight.
If you’re overweight, cutting calories or raising activity will help you to reach your weight loss goal, but diabetics need to take extra care. Losing weight too fast is unhealthy for anyone, and can be extremely dangerous for you. Ketosis, a condition in which your body starts burning fat for energy, can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis which raises your blood sugar, makes you even less responsive to insulin, and is potentially life-threatening.
Use this BMR calculator to determine how much you should eat to keep your body functioning well without weight gain. For gradual weight loss, reduce calories slightly, or increase activity a little. But be careful! Radical changes can be risky. Monitor your blood sugar levels carefully and consult your doctor if you’re worried.
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