Eating less food can improve health and increase life span
Research has shown that eating less food will extend your life span. As counterintuitive as it initially seems, slightly starving yourself improves and strengthens your health.
Caloric restriction predictably reduces common health problems like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and cognitive decline as well as the likelihood of obesity and insulin resistance.
For those just setting out in the world of calorie restriction, they can start with a 16:8-hour intermittent fasting regimen. This is where you eat all your meals within one eight-hour period — for instance, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or between 10 and 6.
Clinical data show that intermittent fasting improves weight loss, insulin stability, cholesterol levels and blood pressure, as well as energy and mental alertness, and it can also add years to your life.
If you are like most people, you may be used to eating three meals each day. But there is little evidence that this is good for you. To the contrary, doing so may contribute to obesity and diabetes.
The month of Ramadan, the holiest and ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk, and are encouraged to pray and worship more than other months of the year.
On the other hand, the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of fasting have been proven.
Fasting changes the function of cells, genes and hormones. When you don’t eat for a while, several things happen in your body. For example, your body initiates important cellular repair processes and changes hormone levels to make stored body fat more accessible.