Basal Metabolic Rate

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the minimum required energy to sustain the body's vital functions while at rest. These functions include breathing, blood circulation, regulation of body temperature, cell growth, brain function, and nerve function. BMR tends to decrease with age or reduction in weight, and is positively correlated with increase in muscle. Disease, food intake, changes in temperature, and other factors can all influence a person's energy expenditure and thus BMR.