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What is starvation metabolism?

Many dieters work against themselves by starving their way into what's called starvation metabolism. This is when your poorly nourished body, sensing starvation, begins burning calories at a slower rate to survive longer. Once you're in starvation mode, you might eat very little -- but still find that you're packing on the pounds.

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