A Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting. You’ve probably heard of this buzzy wellness concept that’s been growing in popularity over the past decade. From celebrities to doctors, everyone’s talking about intermittent fasting. The conversations typically circle around how effective it is and how good people feel when they’re eating this way. But I remember the first time I heard the words “intermittent fasting.” I tried to block it from my mind, writing it off as what clearly seemed like a starvation diet. If you don’t eat, you lose weight—anyone can tell you that! (Or, at least, that’s what my internal monologue tried to convince me.)

Little did I know, there’s an abundance of research behind intermittent fasting. And while it can lead to weight loss, the benefits run so much deeper. All eyes are on this eating practice as research has begun to materialize surrounding its ability to “clean cells,” increase longevity, and decrease the risk of common diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Adding to the list, intermittent fasting keeps your DNA and cells healthy, slowing down the aging process. I’d argue that it’s the closest thing to finding the fountain of youth. 

Intermittent fasting isn’t just on influencers’ radars. The method has undergone rigorous testing at research institutions including USC’s Longevity Institute and Harvard. Interest piqued? Yep—intermittent fasting is legit, folks. Below, I’ll review the science behind intermittent fasting and point you in the right direction for how to get started. Let’s dive in.

Excerpted from Verve Times

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