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Intermittent Fasting Made My Life Easier, and Happier

I COULD EAT THE FOODS I ENJOYED AND MOST OF MY REGULAR MEALS, BUT IT HAD TO BE WITHIN A SHORT TIME FRAME OF EIGHT TO 10 HOURS.

At the urging of doctor friends and a few popular books, I embarked on a diet plan earlier this year called intermittent fasting. The basics are that I could eat the foods I enjoyed and most of my regular meals, but it had to be within a short time frame of eight to 10 hours. Outside of that, I would stick to water, tea and black coffee.

Proponents of the plan, also known as time-restricted eating, say that intermittent fasting could help me lose weight, always a worthwhile goal. It would also give my gut a much-needed break from processing food, improve focus and lessen daily inflammation. In the long-term, it might even help me live longer.

I’ll admit,

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