For centuries, fasting has been known as an effective method for health and anti-aging. Though this restricts a person from the kind of food he is eating, the outcome is enough to pay back the sacrifice. For a five-day fast, not only does it improve the immune system but it also minimizes the risk of having cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Due to its benefits, various plans were created and recently, a five-day fasting plan was designed. Good thing about this is, it does not completely cut all food from a usual menu but will only have some restrictions on the calorie-intake either a half or third of the regular daily consumption. This helps the metabolic health and as mentioned slows down the aging process. However, this can still be dangerous like a complete (no food at all) fasting. Hence, a new fasting plan came out into the open through countless studies that can generate the same effect a complete fasting can. This was named “Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD). This includes a five full days per month diet plan.
The diet will include an input for caloric and nutrition intake for five days. Take note of the following:
1st Day – 1,090 calories, that is 10% protein, 56% fat and 34% carbohydrates
2nd to 5th Days – 725 calories, that is 9% protein, 44% fat and 34% carbohydrates
As mentioned, this diet is good for five days and leaves the rest of the month the remainder of eating what is desired.
People who tried this fasting plan said that in three months, they have observed reduced biomarkers related to aging, cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Furthermore, reduced overall body fat and unwanted pounds were evident when the plan was implemented.
These are good results considering that for the rest of the month, that is 25 days, they were allowed to eat any food, good or bad and continue with the kind of diet habits they normally have. Impressive that an individual has to sacrifice only five days a month to have a better health.
A study was also employed to young mice using the restricted diet for humans and a regeneration of the stem cells in the organs was realized. At this juncture, the brain created new neurons that can improve learning capability and memory. When employed to middle-aged, results came out that the immune system boosted, inflammatory disorders lowered, cognitive capabilities of the mice improved and cancer risk factors.
The effects observed to the mice were the ones projected to humans. Researchers are confident that the FMD will work best in regenerating and reprogramming stem cells in the body, hence improving the present physical condition. To those who will have a hard time submitting to a no-food fasting program, this one can be an alternative achieving similar satisfying and amazing results.