Citizen Reporter
6 minute read
18 Feb 2020
12:10 pm

Intermittent Fasting: Why 16 hours of hunger may be good for you

Citizen Reporter

It may sound crazy, but there may some health benefits to going 'hangry', and having a daily 16 hour fast. Yes, that's right. 16 hours a day with no food!

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I’ve long thought the human body was not meant to run on empty, that fasting was done primarily for religious reasons or political protest. Otherwise we needed a reliably renewed source of fuel to function optimally, mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Personal experience reinforced that concept; I’m not pleasant to be around when I’m hungry. There’s even an official name for that state of mind, confirmed by research: hangry! But prompted by recent enthusiasm for fasting among people concerned about their health, weight or longevity, I looked into the evidence for possible benefits — and risks — of what...