Fasting

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Is it better than any other diet, or is it just a novelty?

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Intermittent fasting is currently salient on the shortlist of generally short-lived dietary fixations. The first thing to say about this is that there should be no such list.

Where diet reliably contributes most to vitality, longevity, and, yes, weight control, it is because of cultural traditions, heritage, and the time-honored practices of generations, not the vagaries of news cycles and hyperbolic headlines. But because dietary fads perennially supplant science and sense, there is always a shortlist of fleeting fixations. Intermittent fasting is currently parked there, so let’s talk about it.

The value proposition for intermittent fasting is all about weight…


Ancient Romans were onto something

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Ancient Romans found the idea of breakfast repellent. They were “obsessed with digestion,” according to the historian Caroline Yeldham, and believed eating more than one meal a day was unhealthy and gluttonous.

If that’s the case, the likes of Cicero and Marcus Aurelius were early adherents of “intermittent fasting,” which is a catchall term for a handful of related diets that either restrict food intake to certain hours of the day or limit intake several days each week. …


Here’s what I learned about my cooking and eating habits while trying it

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By now, you’ve probably heard about intermittent fasting, a structured eating schedule where you consume food within a specific window of time, usually between the middle of the day and early evening.

As someone who takes a lot of pleasure in cooking, eating, and dining out, I was determined to hate intermittent fasting at first. It just didn’t seem to fit my life in Washington, D.C., which includes late-night dinners in restaurants, experimenting with complicated recipes, and enjoying a hearty breakfast, my favorite meal of the day, on Saturday mornings.

Yet here I am almost two months in, a slimmer…


Why I gained six pounds during a month of fasting

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It’s 10:42 a.m. and I’m sitting in my SUV outside of Chipotle, resisting the temptation to eat the Goldfish crackers stuck to the car seat in the back. Chipotle opens at 10:45, apparently. What the hell kind of place opens at 10:45? What sort of bullshit time is that? I’m ravenous, and have very little patience. Some people call that hangry. I’m more like ragenous.

I skipped breakfast, as I’ve done every morning for the last month or so, and I’m planning on grabbing that burrito and driving it back to my office where at precisely 11 a.m., I’ll rip…

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