If you're aiming to live longer, get smarter, and lose belly fat, The Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) is your be-all and end-all solution—at least according to researchers from the University of Southern California say. In the study, researchers analyzed yeast (to look at the effect of fasting on a cellular level), mice (to provide details on fasting’s lifelong effects), and humans (to see if the yeast and mouse studies were applicable) on dietary restrictions.
In the pilot human trial, 19 subjects underwent three cycles of the FMD (with a specific protein-carb-fat micronutrient composition that slashed caloric intake by 34 to 54 percent) once a month for five days. The other 25 days, participants went back to their regular eating habits—good or bad—and, interestingly enough, all saw positive changes. They had fewer risk factors and biomarkers for aging, a decreased risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer with no major adverse side effects.
“It's about reprogramming the body so it enters a slower aging mode, but also rejuvenating it through stem cell-based regeneration,” Professor Valter Longo said in a release. “It's not a typical diet because it isn't something you need to stay on.”
“Strict fasting is hard for people to stick to, and it can also be dangerous, so we developed a complex diet that triggers the same effects in the body,” Longo added.
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