Enter the Basal Metabolic Rate and Physical Activity Level into the calculator to determine the metabolic type.

Metabolic Type Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the metabolic type.

MT = (BMR * PAL) + TEF


  • MT is the metabolic type (calories) BMR is the Basal Metabolic Rate (calories) PAL is the Physical Activity Level (dimensionless) TEF is the Thermic Effect of Food (calories)

To calculate the metabolic type, multiply the Basal Metabolic Rate by the Physical Activity Level. Then add the Thermic Effect of Food to the result. This will give you the total number of calories your body needs to maintain its current weight, given your level of physical activity and the energy your body uses to digest and absorb food.

What is a Metabolic Type?

A metabolic type refers to the unique way an individual’s body processes and utilizes nutrients, influenced by factors such as genetics, lifestyle, diet, and overall health. It determines how efficiently a person can convert food into energy, and how effectively they can eliminate waste. Understanding one’s metabolic type can help in creating personalized diet plans and exercise routines for optimal health and weight management.

How to Calculate Metabolic Type?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Metabolic Type using the given formula:

  1. First, determine the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) in calories.
  2. Next, determine the Physical Activity Level (PAL) which is dimensionless.
  3. Next, determine the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF) in calories.
  4. Next, multiply the BMR by the PAL.
  5. Finally, add the result from step 4 to the TEF to calculate the Metabolic Type (MT) in calories.

Example Problem:

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge:

BMR (calories) = 1500

PAL (dimensionless) = 1.5

TEF (calories) = 200