Calories you burn doing nothing

IntlSet

Bonjour!
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.
 

Perja

Well & truly Plumed
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Feb 28, 2006
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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
 

ayla

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Oct 19, 2005
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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

Endless Summer
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Feb 23, 2006
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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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Oct 23, 2005
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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:
 
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