5 Day Fasting Mimicking Diet- Is it safe?

Odds are you've heard about fasting. Defined as "abstinence from eating," it is something you may have tried now and then. Many of us fast for about 12 hours each day while we sleep which is when our bodies regenerate.  There are many potential medical benefits have increasingly been substantiated in animal and medical research projects on the topic of fasting.

The interest in fasting has grown since The Fast Diet was published in England and gained quite a following. That program consists of decreasing calories to 500 or 600 calories a day for two days a week and has helped many people lose weight and reverse lifestyle diseases like adult diabetes. The new kid on the block, which is actually not so new, is the fasting mimicking diet (FMD). This is the evolution of decades of pioneering work on longevity by Dr. Valter Longo and his team at the University of South California. Dr. Longo is recognized as a leading expert on longevity (if not the expert) and has done great work in describing the basic biochemical pathways by which cells age.  Next week I will begin the Prolon 5 day fasting mimicking diet. 

The basics of a fasting mimicking diet. 

The FMD program was patented by Dr. Longo after years of basic and preliminary research in yeast and animal models. The diet in humans decreases calories to 1,100 on the first day and then to around 800 the next four days for five days overall. The nutrients are key and include plant-based whole foods like nuts, olives, teas, and soup mixes that are 80 percent fat, 10 percent protein, and 10 percent carbohydrate. During the five days of restricted calories, exercise and alcohol are out and coffee is limited to zero or one cup a day. The program is also rich in nuts—so it's not appropriate for those with a nut allergy—and it also requires eating whole olives so a few more of you are out if you hate olives.

Check out this interview with Dr. Viktor Longa and Dr. Joe Mercola to learn more about this innovative program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_AJ7k4W5qg ;

Stay tuned, I will report my experience with you every day and we will see how it goes! 

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

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