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    How does skipping meals to lose weight lead to a loss of lean body mass rather than fat mass.

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  • Good Nutrition for Life is a private dietetic practice based in Cleveland, Queensland and is owned by Kimberley Davis who is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. … View Profile

    If you are skipping meals and not eating over a long period of time your body goes into a starvation state. The body then relies on its stores particularly muscle and fat. When the body is starved, it not only eats into the fat for energy but also muscle. It is therefore not ideal to starve the body as it will use your muscle and fat rather than just fat to survive. It also wants to hold onto any extra storage for longer as it is unsure of its next meal (think back to the caveman days when food was not as readily available). Therefore, it is actually harder to lose weight in the long term when starving your body rather than consuming a little less of what the body requires.

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