There’s a lot of enthusiasm for intermittent fasting — a term that can encompass everything from skipping a meal each day to fasting a few days a week. Or, how about this approach: Simply limit your daily eating window to 10 hours. This means that if you take your first bite of food at 8 a. A new study published in Cell Metabolism offers some evidence that the approach can be beneficial. Researchers tracked a group of overweight participants who followed this approach for about three months. During the fasting period, participants were encouraged to stay hydrated with water. Each day, they logged the timing of their meals and their sleep in an app. In addition to the weight loss, “we saw that cholesterol levels improved and blood pressure [levels] also improved,” Taub explains.
If you like this article, check out Life Kit, NPR’s family of podcasts for navigating your life — everything from finances to diet and exercise to raising kids. It’s trendy to go low-carb these days, even no carb. And, yes, this can lead to quick weight loss. But ditching carbs is tough to do over the long haul. For starters, you’re swimming upstream. On average, adults in the U. And, if you truly cut out all carbs, you’ll have to give up fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans — which are the building blocks of a healthy diet.
For months, Juna Gjata, the co-host of WBUR’s new podcast, ” Food, We Need To Talk ,” asked every eating expert she interviewed the same question: “If you could tell people to change only one thing that would have the biggest impact on their health for the rest of their lives, what would it be? Their expertise ranged from nutrition to metabolism to how super-tasty foods affect the brain. She expected them to answer with pointers like “eat more vegetables,” or “increase your protein,” or “cut down on the cheesecake. But, limited to just one recommendation for lifelong health, none of them focused on food. All had the same answer: just exercise. And several focused on one particular type: resistance exercise — also known as strength training — as the best benefit for the least amount of time. So, with just around the corner, here’s an edited preview of an upcoming episode of “Food, We Need To Talk,” with the hope it might help inform your New Year’s resolution thinking.