This past week I started a new diet. I’m not one for fad weight loss programs, and frequently scorn them as a default reaction. But The Fast Diet has caught my attention, not only because of the expected slow-but-steady weight loss, but also because of the research on how intermittent fasting can improve a person’s heath and even extend her life. A quick summation of the plan: I take in 500 calories a day for two days per week. The other five days, I eat as I wish. This appeals to me, because I can handle anything on a short term basis, but I find the ongoing effort of counting calories, carbs, and fat grams to be depressing and confusing. I can handle the limited days of simple planning, especially when the rest of the week involves food without judgment or brain power.