Eat Less, Live Longer: Intermittent Fasting

ice cream_intermittent_fasting On the subject of abstinence, which I think we should stick with for at least this week, let's look at Intermittent Fasting. I've talked about this before and practice it regularly (basically daily). But let's break it down - bite-sized pieces, if you will. Ha.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting. Intermittent fasting is one form of dietary restriction.

One of the most common (and easiest) approaches is to wait at least 15 hours between dinner and breakfast. That is, eat for only 8 hours a day, with nothing after your last meal, until the following day's first. E.g. If I eat dinner at 6pm, I won't have breakfast until after 10am the following day.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting (There are a lot. Here's a motivating one):

There are a lot of different things that happen in the body on a cellular level when you're in a fasted state, but one has to do with the length of your telomeres. You can compare telomeres to the plastic casings at the end of a pair of shoelaces. Just as the plastic casings protect the end shoestrings, telomeres protect the ends of your chromosomes. The length of these guys is important. Basically, the shorter your telomeres, the shorter your lifespan.

Intermittent fasting is a way to increase the length of your telomeres. Actually, simply eating less can also help your telomeres stay nice and long. Animal studies have shown that animals who ate about 30 percent fewer calories also lived about 30 percent longer than the animals that ate more. So the next time somebody says you should eat five or six meals a day, I suggest you think twice before following their advice.

- NYDailyNews