Fast for a Bit
Intermittent fasting, or cutting way back on calories a couple of days a week, can help keep a middle-aged gut at bay. “On days you fast, your body taps fat for energy—and the first fat to get used is belly fat,” says Mark Mattson, chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. “Don’t worry about losing muscle; that’s the last thing your body depletes for fuel.”
To fast properly, two days a week, eat about 500 calories. That doesn’t mean one Big Mac. Try hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and fresh vegetables. Fasting this way is also proven to boost energy levels, lower blood pressure, and increase your heart’s ability to handle stress.
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