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A 49-year-old member asked:

can your bmr a guaranteed number of calories you burn a day?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Simply complicated: BMR is the minimum number of calories needed simply to exist. It includes basic respiration, metabolism, etc. Merely to live. However, humans, walk, talk, digest, type, and this adds additional caloric requirements to what we need. Because these calculations are very inexact, the BMR is usually used to assure a rough baseline from which to start looking at what we need to do what we need to do.

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A 25-year-old female asked:

Is it true that you are supposed to burn more calories than you take in a day?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Only to lose weight: Our bodies are in a simple state of balance. If we eat more calories than we use, we gain weight. If we eat fewer calories than we use, we lose weight. So, people who stay the same weight eat more than they use on some days, and less than they use on other days . . . But it averages out over time, so that they are eating & using the same number of calories. That is why their weights don't change.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are some small things I can do during the day to help burn off calories?

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Dr. Ray Tidman
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Any force over a dis: Distance, take the stairs, walks around the block, morning stretching, be creative.
A 29-year-old female asked:

I stand 8 to 12 hours a day at my job. I would think it would burn more calories, but could this be fatiguing me and making me fat?

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Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
That's not why...: That's not why you are getting fat. The primary, number one reason, people get fat is they eat too much. Go back and read again. We live in a world flooded with excess calories (mostly carbs). The what you eat component is way more important than they what you burn issue. Standing is great but moving is even better. Both beat sitting all day. So count carbs, not calories!
A 34-year-old member asked:

Calories you burn in a day by just sitting?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Passive sitting: According to livestrong a 150-lb. Person may lose 68 calories per hour while sitting. I will let you do the math by multiplying the actual number of hours. Take care.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What to do to burn calories throughout the day?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Move around, stay ac: Our body needs to be kept in motion as much as possible. So walk and do so briskly every chance you get whether you are at home or at work. Sitting in one place for more than one hour is unhealthy. So keep your body in motion as much as you can. . If you walk in the shoping areas, park farther away and walk to work and go up steps instead of riding elevators, you will burn calories.

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