Everybody knows that the perfect diet doesn’t exist.  Science does not support all the “super skinny” diets. Avoiding eating to look skinny is not healthy and it can lead to many diseases, including anorexia.

On the other hand, a lot of women are bombarded by the Media with the “perfect (skinny) shape of models” and they want to achieve this shape at any cost.

It seems that this problem is solved now. You can lose your abdominal fat and be smarter and live longer with the FMD – Fasting Mimicking Diet.

The new study reported in the magazine Cell Metabolism showed that cutting daily calories in half for just four days per month reduces the biomarkers of aging, diabetes, heart diseases and cancer with no adverse effects.

More specifically, the new study led by the University of Southern California (USC), scientist Valter Longo in collaboration with other researchers and clinicians from USC as well as from Texas, Italy and England, made a three phase experiment by following the effects of fasting in yeast, mice and humans.

Mice, which have relatively short life spans, provided details about the lifelong effects of fasting. Yeast, which is a simpler organism, allowed Longo to uncover the biological mechanisms that fasting triggers at a cellular level. Furthermore a pilot study conducted in 19 humans indicated that the same approach could not only slow the physical and mental aging process, but also help slash belly fat accumulation.

So, it doesn’t matter what spices you are. The FMD is effective for everyone!

The results of the study were quite amazing. Four days of the FMD every two months reduced the incidence of cancer, boosted the immune system, reduced inflammatory diseases, slowed bone mineral density loss and improved the cognitive abilities of older mice tracked in the study.

In the human trial the results were also very positive. Three cycles of a similar diet given to 19 subjects once a month for five days decreased the risk factors and biomarkers of aging, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer with no major adverse side effects, according to Longo.

This is how FMD works: It slashes the individual’s daily caloric intake down to 34 to 54 percent from the normal values, and it has a specific composition of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and micronutrients. The diet decreased the amounts of the hormone IGF-I, which is required during development to grow, but it’s also a promoter for aging and has been linked to cancer susceptibility. Moreover the diet increased the amounts of the hormone IGFBP-, and reduced the biomarkers and risk factors linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including glucose, trunk fat and C – reactive protein without negatively affecting muscle and bone mass.

“It’s about reprogramming the body hence it enters a slower aging mode, but also rejuvenating it through stem cell – based regeneration” Longo said. 

Longo believes that for most normal people the FMD can be done every three to six months, depending on the abdominal circumference and health status. For obese subjects and those with positive predisposing risk factors the FMD can be recommended by the physician as often as once every two weeks. 

Even thought FMD seems to be the first safe and effective intervention to promote positive changes Longo advices to consult a doctor and to seek their supervision throughout the process. Not everyone is healthy enough to do this kind of diet. Subjects with body mass index less than 18 and with diabetes (who receive insulin or metformin therapy) should not undergo the FMD diet.

This diet is revolutionary because it is the first healthy diet with positive effects.

References:

  • https://news.usc.edu/82959/diet-that-mimics-fasting-appears-to-slow-aging/
  • http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150618134408.htm
  • https://www.yahoo.com/health/the-4-day-flat-belly-diet-that-may-slow-mental-122173051848.html
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/61727/20150618/diet-that-mimics-fasting-appears-to-slow-aging-improve-memory.htm
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11683736/Five-day-fasting-diet-slows-down-ageing-and-may-add-years-to-life.html
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/06/22/heres-how-a-five-day-diet-that-mimics-fasting-may-reboot-the-body-and-reduce-cancer-risk/
  • http://www.sciencenewsline.com/articles/2015061821560068.html
  • Image adapted from: http://news.islandcrisis.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/fasting.jpg

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