I Used the COVID-19 Pandemic to Try a 5-Day Fast. This Is What I Learned.

All it took was a brief text conversation with a friend about how he planned to keep the quarantine weight off for the algorithm to find me. In an hour, my Instagram feed filled up with ads featuring indistinguishable influencers selling weight-loss juices, estrogen-suppressing health bars and militarized yoga routines. The one ad I saw most frequently was for an app that guided the user through an “intermittent fasting” program. A cheap, animated graphic showed a translucent, genitalia-free body emptying itself of some evil-looking red liquid like it was an hourglass dropping sand. The fast was simple enough: You have an eight-hour window to eat every day. For the remaining 16, you fast and only drink water. If I adhered to this, I would become a new and better man. I’d burn fat, increase my ability to focus and have more energy. I’d also slow down my aging process, prevent

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No pomp, all circumstance | Health Beat

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The vicious cycle: Sugar, processed foods | Health Beat

Your body responds to high-sugar foods much like it responds to drugs. An alternative? The naturally sweet bounty of fruit. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Sugar. Just the thought of it tickles a happy place in our souls.

The sweet flavor dancing on the tongue. The rush of energy through our body. The boundless supply all around.

Then, after an indulgence of goodies, the dreaded thoughts of guilt start piling up.

How many empty calories was that? Why did I eat the whole thing? Why can’t I stop eating this junk? It’s not healthy for me. My blood sugars will skyrocket!

We have all been there. The temptations are all around.

But what is it about this tantalizing food that makes us want to eat so much of it, despite the fact we all know it does nothing good for our body?

Let’s first take a look at what processed food

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