CALORIE CALCULATOR

Calculate daily basal energy expenditure and calories burned during activities
Individual information
Sex
Age (years)
Body weight
Height

Activities
  • You can enter up to 4 activities. Calculations are based on activities performed in one day.
  • If the activity you are looking for is not present in the dropdown menu, you can enter your own MET value for the activity. See the Compendium of Physical Activities for a long list of activities and their MET values.
  • See calories for more on the calculations performed here. See weight loss for more information on weight loss.


Activity 1


OR
MET value for activity
Duration of activity in minutes

Activity 2


OR
MET value for activity
Duration of activity in minutes

Activity 3


OR
MET value for activity
Duration of activity in minutes

Activity 4


OR
MET value for activity
Duration of activity in minutes


Results
Basal energy
expenditure (BEE)
BEE + activities
Activity 1
Activity 2
Activity 3
Activity 4

Weight loss
  • For weight loss, a person must consume a 500 calorie/day deficit for 1 week to lose one pound
  • For example, based on the calculations above, a person would consume
    for that day to achieve a 500 calorie deficit
  • See calories and weight loss for more
PARAMETER DEFINITIONS
  • Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET) - One MET equals 1 calorie per kilogram of body weight per hour. One MET is equivalent to the amount of energy a person would expend sitting quietly and doing nothing. MET values for a long list of activities can be found in the Compendium of Physical Activities.
  • Basal energy expenditure (BEE) - BEE is the amount of energy required for the body to sustain normal life processes. The BEE is calculated using the Harris-Benedict equation (see calories for more). The BEE from the Harris-Benedict equation is then multiplied by a factor of 1.3 to get a basic sedentary (minimal activity) metabolic rate.
  • BEE + activities - BEE + activities is the BEE plus the amount of calories burned for each activity entered. One MET is subtracted from each activity in this step because the MET values in the compendium include basal calories that are burned during the exercise (equal to one MET). We used the Harris-Benedict equation to calculate basal calories so we adjust for this by subtracting one MET.
  • Activity - This represents the total number of calories (basal + extra calories from activity) burned during the activity. It is calculated using the MET value for the activity and multiplying it by body weight in kg and duration in hours.