# How To Figure Out Burned Calories

Are you aware that we burn calories doing pretty much everything every day? We burn them while we’re washing dishes, running laundry to the appropriate bedrooms, taking the trash out, even when we’re sleeping,

Trying to figure out the exact number of calories can be frustrating though. Still up for the challenge? Start here then:

1. The most common formula used was created by Harris-Benedict. To start with you need to find your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Your BMR is the number of calories burned naturally (i.e. sleeping).

Men: BMR = 66 + (13.7 X wt. in kg) + (5 X ht. in cm) – (6.8 X age in years)

Women: BMR = 655 + (9.6 X wt. in kg) + (1.8 X ht. in cm) – (4.7 X age in years)

2. Find yourself a good activity calorie chart. You can find these free all over the internet, so if you see one that says you have to pay for it first I’d hit that little red x FAST!.  Here are a couple for you to use:

Nutribase.com

Nutristrategy

Weight & Obesity Center

Well ya get the idea.

3. This is the ONLY time I encourage weighing yourself regularly. Taking your weight daily and using the following formula to figure out your activity calories for the day is the only way to be accurate if you do not have heart rate monitor that calculates this for you.

(activity calories burned from chart) x (your weight) x (number of minutes doing said activity)

Viola! That is how you can find how many calories you’re burning every day. Remember that your burned calories changes every single day! Don’t just assume and don’t short credit yourself in the amount.

For those of us (err well more like me that’s lazy and horrible at math) that prefers the following websites to get ballpark figures.

Chelle (232 Posts)

Chelle is a multi-tasking WAH mom of many and wife to a U.S. Vet turned trucker. She enjoys blogging here as her means of being accountable on her journey of fitness & health; and well let's be honest it's a source of keeping her sanity. She loves to cook, social media and going on adventures to explore nature with her family. Providing 100% honest product/company reviews is also her way of sharing the things that she truly believes in.

1. I’m a big fan of My Fitness Pal! When I was actually working out, paying attention to what I ate, and logging, I was doing quite well with my weight. I actually got myself into the best shape of my life at that time (even if I wasn’t at my best weight).
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2. Great info! I needed this. I am pinning, is that okay?
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3. great resources! Right now weight loss isn’t a goal (I’m pregnant and nursing! Keeping weight ON is the issue!) but maybe one day I’ll have the time to myself again
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• Chelle says:

Hi Bianca and thank you for commenting! I had the same problem during my first set of pregnancies as I was working double shifts on my feet all the time and a very young mom. What my doctor had me due back then and honestly I never thought about it till you mentioned it was had me count calories and watch what I did so that I could eat higher fat content food to make sure that I was not burning more then what I was eating. Just a thought if you are having difficulty keeping the weight on!.

Thank you again for the visit and have a great Tuesday.

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