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Why therapists are worried that calorie restriction is now a productivity hack

Illustration: Nan Lee

In December, on the day after Christmas, an entire segment of was devoted to intermittent fasting.

Pioneers of human longevity science have long embraced the eating pattern, which they sometimes refer to as caloric restriction. Ingest less food, they say, and the body shuts down a crucial pathway for regulating cellular metabolism, putting cells into repair mode. The thinking is that humans age less quickly while cells are shoring up their defenses instead of growing and dividing.

Now a diet favored by people questing to live longer was getting airtime on a popular morning show. The message…

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