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How does fasting affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

When you fast, your body is deprived of the nutrients, proteins, and other typical sources of energy provided by food. In order to find those nutrients, your body taps into the glycogen that you have in your muscles. After the glycogen is used up, your body will eat away at fat. Also, because you are eating less, your metabolism will slow down.

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