The Fasting Mimic Diet promises to keep you slimmer and sharper and make you live longer.
It seems that moderation can significantly improve the outcome of things. While good healthy practices that are exacerbated have negative effects, there are some things that are perceived as being negative, but in fact if performed in the proper proportion, their effects are extremely beneficial.
According to researcher Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California, fasting is one of these things that are perceived as being bad, but that could have positive effects when done correctly.
Fasting means that a person is withholding food intake. Actually, fasting implies that there is no food intake whatsoever. This is the extreme version that truly has negative effects on the body of the person who does this for a longer period of time.
And while fasting is a part of many religious practices, most people do not actually fast in the name of a divinity, but in the name of losing weight. And it is not the best option out there, for many different reasons.
While doctors will warn about the fact that fasting deprives the body of its necessary nutrients on a short term and causes severe damage to the liver on the long term, the people who are using fasting as a weight loss practice mostly fear the yo-yo effect.
This happens when initially, there is significant weight loss, but in a short period of time, the pounds come back one by one and in the person can actually end up putting more pounds on. This happens because the body interprets the lack in food intake as a period of crisis and starts making reserves for the next fasting period every time it is given food.
However, the University of Southern California team of researchers have found a way to trick the body into thinking that it is going through a full-sized fasting period so that it sheds ponds, but all meanwhile it is getting enough nutrients so that does not start making reserves.
This entire concept implies that a person eat only 3545% of the regular amount of food that he or she is used to for only 5 days a month. Then, after the 5 days of “fasting”, the person can go back to the regular amount, but gradually, along the course of a few days, not right away, so as to further prevent the body from making reserves. This is why it is called the Fasting Mimic Diet (FMD), because there is no actual fasting involved.
Valter Longo and his team have tried their diet on 19 subjects whom they included in their study. The carefully observed the effects of the FMD on these subjects and found that it can actually lower the body levels of the growth hormone. This is a hormone that is crucial for a child’s growth, but once a person has reached maturity, it seems that is has been associated with aging.
Therefore, the FMD can slow down the aging process. Among other beneficial effects that the study has revealed are the improvement of the person’s memory and the weight loss, that can be maintained as long as the main principles of the diet are still enforced by the person.
It seems that the US Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has found this little 19-people research interesting enough to test it further. The FDA will conduct a larger study that will involve at least 70 people, so as to decide if the FMD diet should be approved or not.
Despite the fact that more research needs to be conducted on the safety and efficacy of this diet, the Fast Mimic Diet shows great potential and may soon become widely spread among people who are trying to lose weight.
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