Our ancestors needed to be able to go long periods without food, so why do we feel like we need to get 3-5 meals a day in order to survive? In this video, they discuss the benefits of fasting and how it is not only possible but beneficial to go without food for longer periods of time.
A 16-hour fast prevented any kind of weight gain in rats, even with the ability to eat anything and everything they could find for the other 8 hours. While this result might be different in humans, it shows interesting possibilities for the benefits of intermittent fasting and restricted eating.
Another benefit is having steady energy levels. Many people complain of having a post-lunch lull, where they aren't sharp, mentally or physically. Watch the full video to learn more about the benefits and the best way to implement this practice into your life.