If you know anything about Primal Labs, you know that Primal Labs reviews the latest research out there to develop products that people can use to supplement their health. Primal Labs reviews its products’ formulations all of the time to make sure it is providing the best all-natural products out there for its customers.
However, Primal Labs also reviews the latest trends and breakthroughs in the world of nutrition and wellness, and one well-known name in the field of longevity is Dr. Eric Wood. Primal Labs recently published his book, Longevity Secrets, and one of the more interesting and exciting details Dr. Wood goes into is intermittent fasting.
Chances are you have heard of intermittent fasting or know someone who has tried it. Hugh Jackman is a well-known proponent of intermittent fasting – as is Terry Crews. Even Jimmy Kimmel does a form of intermittent fasting called 5-2 where he eats normally for five days out of the week and eats as little as 500 calories for the two other days.
Intermittent fasting is a tool for achieving calorie restriction, and this is useful as calorie restriction has been linked with a host of positive health effects that enhance longevity. Some of the benefits of calorie restriction include improvement in fasting blood sugar level, lower blood pressure, weight loss, reduced risk of insulin resistance, increased growth hormone production, and more.
Although it may seem too good to be true, eating less is a highly effective tool to promote healing. It makes sense when you think about it, Dr. Eric Wood says. When you are not eating, your body isn’t using up energy for digestion. Instead, it can take a break and focus on healing and detoxifying. In a nutshell, when you engage in intermittent fasting, you only eat for a certain window of time and fast for the rest of the day.
Dr. Eric Wood says that there are several plans for intermittent fasting, but the two that he likes the best are the Leangains method and the Eat Stop approach. The Leangains method requires you to fast for 16 hours a day. You then have eight hours to get your macronutrients. The Eat Stop approach asks you to fast for 24 hours straight no more than twice a week.
Each has its advantages and the one you choose may be determined by your own comfort level, schedule, etc. However, keep in mind that whatever method you try, always hydrate throughout the day and eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods when you do feast.