Intermittent fasting is not a strange diet in the ears of many people. For Muslims, this diet is said to be Monday-Thursday Fasting. For the umpteenth time, experts prove the benefits of this new type of diet from intermittent fasting.
The diet is called Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), where the culprit is asked to eat as usual for a month, but on the sidelines, they are asked to semi-fast for five days.
In addition to its name, FMD is said to resemble the fast of Monday-Thursday because it is done within 5 days a month, whereas if the total Monday-Thursday fasting in a month is for 8 days. Fasting activities are also performed only half a day or not full for 24 hours.
In the five-day period, participants were not eating at all, but consuming a special product called ProLon developed by research team leader, Victor Longo. Its products consist of energy bars, energy drinks, vegetable-based soups and supplements all of which are low in calories, low in sugar but high in unsaturated fat.
In the space of three months, those who performed FMD showed dramatic changes, ie their average weight dropped by 2.6 kg. Body mass index (BMI), fat and abdominal circumference also fell.
They also showed decreased levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), a hormone that has been linked to cancer and aging; as well as C-Reactive Protein (CRP) or inflammatory markers. Blood pressure and cholesterol they also come down so that the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer are reduced.
In contrast, participants who did not undergo FMD did not undergo similar changes. However, when they try FMD, it looks the desired change.
“We found no reports of any serious side effects from this diet,” said researcher Victor from Longevity Institute, School of Gerontology and Department of Biological Sciences, USC as reported by Forbes.
For those who want to try this diet, Victor recommends doing it 2-12 times a year. It also depends on your age, weight and medical history.
“Before deciding to use it, the concerned asked to consult a doctor or nutritionist, because these variables determine how many times this diet should be done,” Victor’s message.