Let me start by saying I’m not a girl who forgets to eat. Never will you hear me utter Did I eat lunch? Food has always been a driving force in my life: If I’m not eating it, I’m plotting to eat, and never do I diet. But lately, I’ve been giving my love handles a little too much love, and so I decided to reign in my eating.
Enter: Intermittent fasting. As in, eating 500 calories 1 to 2 days a week, or going 12 to 18 hours a day without food. More a dieting pattern than a diet, science says it can help you lose weight (a smaller eating windowmeans less calories consumed), but even better, research has linked it to improved blood sugar levels, decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, and, according to neuroscientist Mark Mattson’s research, it might just help your brain ward off neurogenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s while improving mood and memory. (Lose up to 25 pounds in 2 months—with no fasting whatsoever—with Prevention’s new Younger In 8 Weeks plan. Try it for FREE today!)
Excerpted from Prevention