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Effects of dieting

Few people who diet realise that dieting causes several psychological and physical changes. Even in people without eating disorders dieting can cause depression and irritability. Physically, when you diet, your metabolism slows down to conserve the small amount of food available. This is an intelligent move on your body's part, and probably has helped people to survive famines. The problem is that when you stop dieting, since your metabolism has slowed down, it becomes easier than ever to put weight on faster and more easily. Each time you go through another diet, this cycle continues. Ironically, the only way to speed up your metabolism again is to eat.

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Dieting makes you binge

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