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The Energizer Body [Real Simple, February 2015]

Initially, I was a bit trepidatious about taking on the February cover story for Real Simple (even though they are one of my most favorite clients!). They wanted 2000 words on the science of metabolism; I couldn't quite figure out how that wouldn't end up being yet another New Year, New You weight loss story. Which -- not that I never write those (plumber writer, remember?) -- are not my favorite....

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