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    BMR vs. TDEE

    can someone explain the difference between BMR and TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and how they should play into my calorie counting? A little confused.
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    Originally Posted by TheCaymanIsland View Post
    can someone explain the difference between BMR and TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and how they should play into my calorie counting? A little confused.
    BMR is basically the baseline energy required to maintain basic life sustaining processes during the awake state. BMR is rigorous laboratory procedure often done via measuring O2 consumption and CO2 production and is often performed upon waking or under conditions such that the person is in a temperature controlled environment in a motionless supine position, 12 hours fasted without any prior exercise.

    TDEE is the total energy you actually expend per day which would include exercise, daily activities, etc.... TDEE is what you would most easily base calorie intake off of but you can use BMR and throw on extra calories for daily activities, exercise, etc... since that is how some calcs work.
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    Originally Posted by in10city View Post
    BMR is basically the baseline energy required to maintain basic life sustaining processes during the awake state. BMR is rigorous laboratory procedure often done via measuring O2 consumption and CO2 production and is often performed upon waking or under conditions such that the person is in a temperature controlled environment in a motionless supine position, 12 hours fasted without any prior exercise.

    TDEE is the total energy you actually expend per day which would include exercise, daily activities, etc.... TDEE is what you would most easily base calorie intake off of but you can use BMR and throw on extra calories for daily activities, exercise, etc... since that is how some calcs work.
    So if I want to do a slow very clean bulk, I should take my BMR and add any calories I have burned from energy expenditure, and then eat enough calories to go over that number by 200-300??
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