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How can I avoid calorie deprivation when dieting?

Follow these tips to avoid calorie deprivation during dieting periods:
  • Only reduce your calorie consumption about 10%-15% below what you need for body-weight maintenance. Increase your calorie burning through anaerobic (weight training) and aerobic (walking, running, etc.) activities. A person who normally eats 1,500 calories for body-weight maintenance should only cut calories to 1,100-1,250 calories a day. This slower rate of burning body fat not only makes it easier to sustain fat loss, but also can help you maintain a higher metabolic rate to better manage your weight in the long term.
  • Never train on empty. Instead of skipping that meal and running on fumes, eating a nutritious snack or taking a meal-replacement supplement may give you the resolve you need to hit the gym later in the day. Not having the proper nutrition can ruin not just today's workout but tomorrow's as well.

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