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One Rule to Live Longer, Look Younger and Be Healthier

My starting point for this article is this: no right model but some useful model. In other words, nothing is difficult and fast in science. Our understanding is evolving over time, and thus the world around us is evolving as well. And I'm not necessarily saying that growing our understanding means that we understand it better. Sometimes we just get to the point where we realize we don't understand anything. And they can be important points because they make us go back to basics and start over.

So aging, extending life and improving your health (and appearance!) In old age ... It seems that science has returned to this basic one. And there is one simple principle that comes up many times in every study of longevity: eating less.

Now, there are two main ways to eat less. Let's say you finish reducing your calorie intake to X daily. (NB: I don't know how much X should be for you - depending on your weight, physical energy, etc.) One way to eat X calories daily is to distribute them throughout the day more often but small portions of food. Instead, you can eat the same amount of calories during an 8-hour window (i.e. eat smaller but larger) and fast for 16 hours. The second strategy is called intermittent fasting and current scientific literature says that's the way to go, if you want to live longer, look better and feel healthier.

Therefore, researchers from the University of Alabama conducted a study with a small group of obese men with prediabetes. They compare a form of intermittent fasting called "limited early feeding," in which all foods fit within eight hours of the day (7am to 3pm), or spread over 12 hours (between 7am). and 7 p.m.). After five weeks, the eight-hour group lowered insulin levels and significantly increased insulin sensitivity, as well as lower blood pressure. And the best part - the eight-hour group has also decreased in appetite.

Another study compared the effects of eating a single lunch daily for 8 weeks and reported a 4.1% weight loss compared to an acidic diet used three times a day. One meal a day is also associated with reduced fasting glucose, and improvements in LDL- and HDL-cholesterol.

I can continue to quote other studies. Many of them are in rats, where intermittent fasting consistently extends life and health by at least 10 percent (which, by the way, in the rat world means years). But I want to bring this discussion back to basics, which is just the beginning for me. Remember that in every religion some form of fasting is an important practice. You think that's for religious purposes? And do you think it's a coincidence that all religions recommend incorporating some fast regime? I don't think so. My puzzle is that people always know intuitively what's best for them. And this intuitive knowledge is reflected in religious texts that act like a manual for a healthy life. In fact, if you follow spiritual teachings (e.g., unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, release, surrender, not eating too much, and so on), you may live longer and healthier lives (provided you remove the corp. over-imposed to serve the purpose of the upper ego) Now science comes together and says the same thing that religions have been preaching for centuries - fasting intermittently seems to trigger a process of repair in the body that, in turn, improves health, improve appearance, and extend life. Isn't that interesting?


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