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How can I starve myself skinny?

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Total starvation for weight loss is classified as anorexia nervosa and is never medically recommended, states WebMD.com. However, intermittent fasting is a method to lose weight that involves eating normally five days a week and then restricting caloric intake two days a week, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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This diet, called "The Fast Diet" or the 5:2 diet, was created by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer and has very few rules or details to remember, states U.S. News & World Report. The diet involves eating whatever one would normally eat for five days a week and then, on two non-consecutive days, dieters cut their calories to about 25 percent of their normal caloric intake. Dieters never go more than 24 hours without eating. Men eat about 600 calories on fast days and women consume about 500. Intermittent fasting theoretically trains the body to survive on fewer calories and toughens it up by tricking it into feeling as though it may be experiencing a famine. An important thing to consider when using this weight loss method is to be careful of food choices on fast days. High protein and lean foods fill the stomach without violating the calorie count. A boneless, skinless chicken breast and salad is a better choice than a large vanilla latte, suggests U.S. News.

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