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Resting Daily Energy Expenditure

Using your weight, height and age it is possible to determine your resting daily energy expenditure (RDEE). This method was validated by Harris and Benedict (1919) [1] using closed circuit spirometry.

RDEE Calculator

To obtain an estimate of your RDEE please enter your height, age, weight and gender and then select the 'Calculate RRDE' button.

Height cm   Age   Weight Kg   Gender
RDEE Calories      

The Algorithms

For Males

  • RDEE = 66 + (13.7 x weight) + (5 x height) - (6.8 x age)

For Females

  • RDEE = 655 + (9.6 x weight) + (1.85 x height) - (4.7 x age)

Free Calculator

  • RDEE Calculator - a free Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that you can download and use on your computer.


  1. HARRIS, J.A. and BENEDICT, F. G. (1919) A biometric study of basal metabolism in man. Washington DC: Carnegie Institute

Related References

The following references provide additional information on this topic:

  • MARKWALD, R. R. et al. (2013) Impact of insufficient sleep on total daily energy expenditure, food intake, and weight gain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences110 (14), p. 5695-5700
  • JOHANNSEN, D. L. et al. (2010) Accuracy of armband monitors for measuring daily energy expenditure in healthy adults. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 42 (11), p. 2134-2140
  • THIVEL, D. et al. (2013) Daily energy balance in children and adolescents. Does energy expenditure predict subsequent energy intake?. Appetite60, p. 58-64

Page Reference

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  • MACKENZIE, B. (2004) Resting Daily Energy Expenditure [WWW] Available from: [Accessed

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