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Don't Restrict Yourself Too Much

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Restricting your calories too much can actually lower your resting metabolic rate (RMR), which is the amount of calories you burn just being alive. Our bodies were built for survival and were made to resist diets which cut calories severely. Our bodies automatically go into survival mode. It may think you're on a deserted island starving and will lower your RMR so you can survive. Feed the machine and just decrease your calories a little bit.

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