Maximal sustained energy budgets in humans and animals

Nature. 1997 Apr 3;386(6624):457-62. doi: 10.1038/386457a0.


Why are sustained energy budgets of humans and other vertebrates limited to not more than about seven times resting metabolic rate? The answer to this question has potential applications to growth rates, foraging ecology, biogeography, plant metabolism, burn patients and sports medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Energy Intake
  • Energy Metabolism*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Exertion
  • Pregnancy