The Reverse-Aging Diet (Yes, You Can Have Carbs)
Can eating protein for breakfast and carbs at night, combined with intermittent fasting and other lifestyle changes, trick your body into eating its own fat and aging backward? Alex Kuczynski drinks the “autophagy tea” in search of answers.
This year, the holidays really took a toll. I had a grown-up birthday, which somehow gave me license to drink eggnog with rum every night for a week. Then my eight-year-old got horribly sick and I stayed awake with him five nights in a row, all while nursing a chronic eggnog hangover. By New Year’s Day my son had finally recovered, but I was a puffy and sallow wreck.
I needed to get my mojo back. So when Glow 15: A Science-Based Plan to Lose Weight, Revitalize Your Skin, and Invigorate Your Life, by Naomi Whittel, arrived on my doorstep, I didn’t need a lot of convincing. Its claim? By carefully combining intermittent fasting with varying protein intake as well as other lifestyle changes, I could stimulate an internal cleanup process known as autophagy, which reduces inflammation throughout the body, erasing years from my face—and inches from my waist—in just 15 days.
“Think of autophagy as a Roomba inside your cells, cleaning and clearing damaged parts,” says Whittel. “When autophagy functions optimally, it works to clear away the cellular junk that can lead to fat and wrinkles.”