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Resting metabolism definition

Your resting metabolism is the amount of energy (calories) your body needs each day to perform essential functions such as maintaining your:

  • Breathing
  • Body temperature
  • Heart beat
  • Brain function
  • Liver function
  • Kidney function, etc.

Stated another way, resting metabolism is the minimum number of calories your body needs each day to function efficiently, even if you rested in bed all day.

Resting metabolism may also be referred to as resting metabolic rate or resting energy expenditure.

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