Can Intermittent Fasting Boost Your Health & Wallet?

You’ve probably heard about intermittent fasting, since it’s arguably one of the hottest health trends from the last couple of years. It’s been heralded as not only a foolproof weight-loss method, but also as a potential cure for conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poor sleep, insulin resistance, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. A 2019 study in The New England Journal of Medicine specifically connects intermittent fasting to “increased stress resistance, increased longevity and a decreased incidence of diseases, including cancer and obesity.” 

Want to learn more and perhaps try intermittent fasting yourself? Here’s everything you need to know, including some of my own experiences with it. If you want to try it out for yourself, you should always consult a doctor before changing your diet or eating behaviors.

What is intermittent fasting? Most of us eat throughout the day, starting with breakfast when we wake up and perhaps ending with a dessert after dinner. If you have breakfast at 7 a.m. and a final treat at 8 p.m., you’re consuming food for 13 hours; that’s your current “eating window.” The idea behind IF is simply to shorten that window — not necessarily to eat less (though of course that’s part of it), but to eat less often.

Excerpted from CNET

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