(The following is an excerpt from my bestselling book: “Life is Long: 50+ ways to live a little closer to forever.”)
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.
Correspondingly, there’s now less praising of “grazing” as a diet tool!
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.
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.