Calories you burn doing nothing

IntlSet

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Jan 29, 2006
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I know everyone's metabolism is different, but I read a while back that if you just laid in bed doing absolutely nothing, just the energy it takes to keep you breathing, to keep your heart pumping, etc. is around 1,200 calories.

Does anybody know what a rough ballpark figure is? I might have remembered that wrong.
 

Selena

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Jan 26, 2006
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I think that number changes based on your weight. I think you take your weight and multiply it by 14 and that is how many calories you need to maintain your current weight.

Selena
 

IntlSet

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SwankyMamaof3 said:
IS - are you thinking of BMI - Body Mass Index?
Yeah, I was confusing it with BMI, I think! The link I posted above is awesome. Apparently I turn 1300-something calories doing nothing. That sounds kinda high, but hey.
 

Perja

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If you're exercising, I was told that if you breathe faster, it brings oxygen faster to be used = slight increase in heart rate. So you'd burn more. But nothing out of this world :P
 

Selena

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Perja said:
If you're exercising, I was told that if you breathe faster, it brings oxygen faster to be used = slight increase in heart rate. So you'd burn more. But nothing out of this world :P
I know Coughing burns TONS of calories! Stupid fact but its true.

Selena
 

ayla

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It also depends on the fat percentage in your body does it not ? If you have more muscle, even if you aren't doing anything, you'll burn more calories since they require more energy.
 

blugenie

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Okay, say you're sitting down but frantically moving the computer mouse, typing quickly, nimbly switching windows, anxiously awaiting advice from other boardies, breathing fast with heart racing as you decide whether to click the button to purchase that bag online or not... how many calories is that? :biggrin:

(obviously I need to get out more...)
 

Cristina

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ayla said:
It also depends on the fat percentage in your body does it not ? If you have more muscle, even if you aren't doing anything, you'll burn more calories since they require more energy.
It does. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism. Higher metabolism = burning more calories when you're stationary :biggrin: