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Harris Benedict

Basal metabolic rate calculation

In 1919 J.A Harris e F. G. Benedict, with a study financed by the Carnegie Institution for Science, produced an equation to estimate the basal metabolic rate of a person.

The equation provides the calories intake necessary to maintain the person's weight.

On subjects with high muscle mass, the formula tends to underestimate the metabolic rate. Conversely, in people with a high fat mass, it tends to overestimate it.

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