Intermittent fasting has become very popular nowadays, but it is actually not that new. In fact, it has been practices by many cultures for centuries.
Most people think that intermittent fasting is all about starving oneself, but nothing could be further from the truth. Intermittent fasting is not about depriving the body of food; rather, it’s about when you can eat food.
One of the most incredible effects of intermittent fasting may be its ability to extend lifespan.
Studies in rats have found that intermittent fasting extends lifespan in a similar way as continuous calorie restriction (study). In one of the studies, rats that fasted every other day lived 83% longer than rats who weren’t fasted (study).
Intermittent Fasting May:
- protect against Alzheimer’s
- Protect against cancer,
- help you live longer.
- improve mental function
- prevent diabetes
- prevent heart disease
- reduce inflammation.
- improve insulin sensitivity
- lower blood pressure
- lead to weight loss
Daily Intermittent Fasting Plan
Basically, you have a window of time during which you are allowed to eat, and a longer window of time during which you are not. During the eating window, you can eat as normally you would; during the hours you’re fasting, you shouldn’t eat anything.
Try these various plans, that work best for your schedule. Remember to repeat the same cycle every day.
- 16:8: Eat between 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; fast between 6 p.m.-9 a.m. the following day.
- 20:4: Eat between noon-4 p.m., fast between 4 a.m.-noon the following day.
- 23:1: Eat one big meal per day, at whatever hour you wish.
- 14:10: Eat between 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; fast between 7 p.m.-9 a.m. the following day.