MET Calculator template

The metabolic equivalent of task (MET) is the ratio of the metabolic rate during exercise to the metabolic rate at rest. Use the MET calculator to see how much calories you burn on a specific activity.

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What are METs (Metabolic Equivalents)?

MET stands for Metabolic Equivalent of Task or simply Metabolic Equivalents.

METs allow us to more accurately determine calorie burn for specific activities.

According to the Compendium of Physical Activities, an activity with a MET of 1 burns 1 kilocalorie per kilogram per hour. An example of this would be when you’re lying in bed, not talking, and just mindlessly watching television.

Examples of MET Values

  • Sleeping has a MET of 0.95 and burns even fewer calories while sitting and doing light office tasks or simply eating a meal has a MET of 1.5.
  • Most construction and general carpentry work have a MET of 4 while carrying heavy loads and digging ditches has a higher MET of 8.
  • Some light jogging combined with walking has a MET of 6 while running at a very quick pace or a five-minute mile can have a MET value as high as 19.

From these examples, we can immediately see how calculating calorie burn and energy expenditure using METs is significantly more accurate compared to just using a TDEE multiplier which just classifies different activities in a very broad manner.

To calculate calorie burn using METs, use this formula:

MET value x 3.5 x (weight in kg) ÷ 200 = calories burned per minute
A MET Calculator makes calculating calorie burn easier by letting people simply choose from a list of common activities and entering their weight and the amount of time spent per activity.

How to use this MET Calculator

This MET calculator is quite advanced since it gives you a primary activity and a specific motion in separate dropdowns. First select your activity, after which you can select a specific motion. Creating dynamic dropdowns is easy with ConvertCalculator's options from formulas functionality.

To complete your MET calculation you need to insert your weight. In this calculator you can select the imperial or metric unit system to calculate the MET value, MET minutes, and Calories burned.

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