6 Things That Happened When I Tried Intermittent Fasting For a Week
Let me start by saying I’m not a girl who forgets to eat. Never will you hear me utter Did I eat lunch? Food has always been a driving force in my life: If I’m not eating it, I’m plotting to eat, and never do I 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), but even better, research has linked it to improved blood sugar levels, decreased risk of heart disease and cancer.
Plus, it might just help your brain ward off neurogenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s while improving mood and memory, according to research from neuroscientist Mark Mattson, Ph.D.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Totally, which is exactly why I wanted to try for myself. Here’s what I learned.