We’ve all heard about a diet that claims to help us lose weight. But this time, this diet is about adding years to your life. What’s so good about this diet plan is that it is so simple and yet it offers so much health benefits, including reducing your risk of getting cancer, diabetes, and heart disease by half.
The Fasting Mimicking Diet
The 5-day diet is dubbed as Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD). As the name suggests, this diet mimics fasting and you only have to follow this strategy for five days every month to see the effects. FMD was developed by a team of researchers at the University of Southern California. They believe that this diet can help improve longevity, slow down aging, and boost your immune system.
So how do you perform FMD? You can eat whatever you like during the other days, but make sure you allocate five days for FMD. Here’s what you need to do:
- 10% protein
- 34% carbs
- 56% fat
This totals to 1,090 calories.
Days 2 to 5
- 44% fat
- 47% carbs
- 9% protein
This totals to 725 calories.
As you can see, the Fasting Mimicking Diet is a calorie-restricted diet. It is recommended that you eat vegetable soups and drink chamomile tea for those days. While it is true that it is hard for people to stick to a particular diet, FMD is different. It only lasts for five days and for 25 to 26 days, you can eat what you like.
Does It Really Work?
According to the researchers who developed the diet, the complexity of FMD is the key to its effectiveness. Strict fasting is difficult and can also be dangerous, especially for people who have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other health conditions.
This special diet reduces calorie intake from 34 to 54% of normal calorie consumption in average people. Added care is needed to ensure that the dieter gets enough protein, carbohydrates, and fat in the diet. FMD was tested on 38 people who were divided into two groups. The first group performed the diet, while the other one ate normally. It was discovered that those who followed FMD had seen a decrease in their IGF-1, the hormone linked to cancer risk and aging.
Of course, more research is needed. But the results of this study are quite promising. Plus, it promotes eating healthy without feeling hungry, so it can also be used for weight management.