By: Allison Young
Let me start by saying I’m not a person who forgets to eat. Never will you hear me utter Did I eat lunch?
In fact, food has always been a driving force in my life: If I’m not eating it, I’m plotting to eat, and I never 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 window means less calories consumed).
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.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Totally, which is exactly why I wanted to try for myself.