How Many Calories Do You Burn In a Day?

Energy Balance is defined by a Stable Body Weight

After reading yesterdays comments I’m getting the impression that many people assume we can burn more calories in a day that we really do.

For most of the population our BMR/RMR accounts for almost all of their calories burned in a given day.

BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate; the amount of calories you burn lying down doing nothing)…and I guess more accurately our RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate; which is the calories you burn sitting around vs lying around)

If you don’t partake in purposeful exercise (a workout) and don’t have a physically active job (most people don’t) then you’re just not burning that many calories in a day.

So if you’re RMR is 1900, and you don’t workout or have an active job, you probably only burn around 2000 calories per day.

If you do an average workout like most gym warriors for an hour or so 3-4 days per week, you’re only burning an extra 300-400 calories on those days…that still doesn’t help with the days that you’re not working out.

I think people just grossly overestimate how many calories they think they’re burning (to justify eating more)

The bottom line is this. If you’re goal is weight loss, and you’re not currently losing weight, then you’re eating too much.