How do I calculate my metabolism?

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While there are different ways of calculating your resting metabolic rate, studies seem to show that the Mifflin-St Jeor equation is closest to accurate.[1][2][3]

Please note that even using the Mifflin equation, the calculation was off by more than 10% in almost a quarter of subjects.[3]


  1. ^ Skouroliakou M, et al. Comparison of predictive equations for resting metabolic rate in obese psychiatric patients taking olanzapine . Nutrition. (2009)
  2. ^ Dobratz JR, et al. Predicting energy expenditure in extremely obese women . JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. (2007)
  3. ^ a b Frankenfield DC, et al. Validation of several established equations for resting metabolic rate in obese and nonobese people . J Am Diet Assoc. (2003)