Intermittent Fasting: A Healthy Choice

Since the 1980’s, we’ve been advised to eat five or six small meals per day to rev up the metabolism. Interestingly, obesity rates began rising rapidly in the 80’s along with the advice to eat more meals. Dr. Andrew Weil suggests a different approach, which he terms “intermittent fasting” or IF, in which a greater-than-normal amount of time passes between meals. IF provides many health benefits, including accelerating the clearing out of waste left by dead and damaged cells. Other health benefits include decreased cardiovascular disease and cancer risk, improved cognitive function, lower diabetes risk, more energy, better sleep, and an overall feeling of well-being.

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