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Basal Metabolic Rate


Updated June 19, 2009

Definition: Your basal metabolic rate (or BMR) refers to the minimum level of energy required to sustain vital functions such as breathing, digestion and circulation. We all need a certain number of calories to function, so it's important not to reduce your calories below your BMR when you're trying to lose weight.

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