Unless you’ve been hibernating under a rock this past year, chances are that you’ve heard of the increasingly popular health practice called intermittent fasting. In its simplest form, this fitness trend is a way of eating where you put your body through cycles of abstaining completely from food for a specified number of hours. Beginners commonly start with 12-hour cycles where they allow themselves to eat (for example, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.), then in the next 12 hours, they cycle into a fasting mode where they don’t consume any food at all (from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.).
The practice of intermittent fasting has gained widespread popularity due to the staggering number of studies that have confirmed time and again the ample benefits to be had. Along with being an effective treatment against obesity, intermittent fasting has shown to improve some health-related biomarkers and age-associated loss of tissue function. In order to better understand how and why putting ourselves on a fasting schedule is so effective for longevity and weight loss, we decided to talk to the experts.
Excerpted from Pop Sugar