BMR and TDEE - Why they are misleading you!

Dev biswas
Dev biswas

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Your Real BMR and TDEE-

For the common man (or woman), BMR and TDEE can be calculated in two ways - either on a tool on the internet, or it shows up on your BCA report. In both the methods, it is calculated with the variables of age, height, weight and approximate BF%. The question is, is it your actual BMR and TDEE? Well, truth is, it is just a guide of what your BMR and TDEE should be at around. It is a ballparking method of around how much it should be, not a way to calculate your real TDEE and BMR. In reality, BMR and TDEE are dependent on your metabolism and are complex concepts that are dependent on hundreds of variables in your body, including but not limited to- how each and every organ and every system in your body functions, your diet and activity history, your hormonal profile, your sleep cycle, your lifestyle - not just the current one but since over the years, and a host of other factors. Hence, your metabolism isn't a simple number that can be calculated by plugging in only 4 basic variables. Your actual BMR and TDEE values can be more, or less than the calculated value, and hence your metabolism too, depending on those hundreds of variables. Hence, metabolism isn't a calculable concept. Yes, it can be estimated based on observation. Not for a day, but maybe days, weeks and even months. And certainly "fixing your metabolism" isn't a thing that can be done by changing one or two things over a short period of time. (Yes, drinking honey and lemon won't"speed up" your metabolism) You've to be consistent and patient with your consistent efforts over time. That's what I mean by "you can ignore the numbers obtained from the website or your BCA machine." These values are ballparked values that give you an estimation of what it should be, not what it actually is. But yes, a good starting point to start observing it. How to get your metabolism better? 1. By not eating very less, calorically speaking (which translates to not going in severe calorie deficit), and 2. by weight training, to improve your lean mass and hormonal profile, which directly helps your metabolism. Both these components are very important. Apart from that, the following factors are important too - balanced diet with all macronutrients and micronutrients and enough fiber, enough quality sleep, stress management, and adequate hydration over a period of time. The next time you see your BMR on a piece of paper, remember that it's not your actual metabolism, and that in the world of Fitness, OBSERVATION IS KEY. Keep going! All the Best!

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