Calorie restriction has been proven to promote longevity by improving all kinds of health conditions that affect your longevity. But there's no way I'm going the calorie restriction route.
One method of intermittent fasting is to do all your eating within an 8 hour period, then you fast for 16 hours. This is why a lot of people believe in skipping breakfast and not breaking the nightly fast until noon.
Which I could never, ever do. Morning through lunch is when I am hungry. I could skip dinner, easy. Since I usually eat breakfast around 7am, I'd just have to fast from 3pm onward.
Also, in fasting you don't have to completely eat nothing. It could just be minimal calories. I often eat only a small amount of low calorie food at dinnertime. So what happens if I eat only like 200 calories around 6pm and nothing for the next 13 hours? It's just that the studies were based on 16 hour fasts.
Another method is to alternate days of eating normally with days of eating only like 20% of your normal calorie intake. That seems much less appealing to me.
And of course, you don't have to do this all the time. But each time you do it does you good.
Here's two articles from the Marksdailyapple.com blog on methods and benefits for intermittent fasting:
The Myriad Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Anyone know of other methods, advantages, etc?
Edited by alternativista, 20 February 2014 - 08:16 AM.