METS Method

METS method is a unit of measure and method for charting the rate of calories burned and oxygen used per pound of weight. In other words, it is a Metabolic Equivalent (MET). It begins with establishing a base line measure. The average adult will burn 1 calorie for every 2.2 pounds of body weight. Thus, a 160 pound person would burn 70 calories per hour at rest. From that starting point you can then go on to measure and chart how many calories a person of a particular body weight would burn while walking, running, cycling, exercising, etc. This is useful to help people meet health and weight loss goals.


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Last updated: 12/29/2017
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