I'm interested in this because it supposedly can produce the same benefits as calorie restriction. Calorie restriction has been proven to promote longevity by improving all kinds of health conditions that affect your longevity. So I would like to work out something that works easily for me.
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? What benefit am I getting?
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.
Here's two articles from the Marksdailyapple.com blog on methods and benefits for intermittent fasting:
The Myriad Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Who Should and shouldn't:
http://www.marksdail...ing/#more-19814 (Actually, that article is of little use to most of us.)
Anyone know of other methods, advantages, etc?
Edited by alternativista, 01 July 2013 - 06:06 PM.