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The Power of Fasting

Fasting has been a part of religious practice for thousands of years. But in the past five years, it received mainstream popularity on the back of animal studies showing that skipping meals had health benefits in those who are overweight.

 

I started intermittent fasting following the 16:8 method in 2017. After having changed my diet to eat less breads and pastas, and more protein, fat and vegetables in 2015, I couldn’t eat as often anymore. Plus, I wanted all the health benefits that proponents of fasting claimed — autophagy being the top of that list (You may know my crazy idea by now to live to 200 — or at least to live with the mindset that I will live to 200).

 

"While fasting has an array of benefits, it’s still what you eat that counts."

Autophagy is a metabolic process occurring in starvation whereby the body consumes its own cells. It’s an effective way to remove old and decrepit cells. Autophagy becomes less efficient as we age and...

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