(The following is an excerpt from my bestselling book: “Life is Long: 50+ ways to live a little closer to forever.”)
An abundance of research suggests that “intermittent fasting” is an effective longevity tool.
When you stop eating for 10-16 hours, you increase “your mitochondrial energy efficiency” – and your body burns fat as its energy source.
Basically, the mightier your mitochondria, the mightier your chances of living longer.
For this reason, “intermittent fasting” is now being widely touted for boosting health, metabolism and weight loss – even over the once-popular “grazing” recommendation.
Correspondingly, there’s now less praising of “grazing” as a diet tool!
A study published in Cell Metabolism reported that mice who continually grazed on food for 100 days gained weight and developed high cholesterol, high blood glucose and liver damage.
In contrast, mice who fasted for 16 hours a day — but ate the same total amount of food during non-fasting periods — weighed less, stayed healthy and performed better when exercising.
Do the majority of your “not eating anything” while you’re sleeping – so you won’t be hungry during at least 6 – 8 hours of your fasting.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that intermittent fasting lowers overall cholesterol – by lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides – but not lowering HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.