Nutrition experts have come up with new guidelines to help people lose weight and prepare themselves for the summer months. The Fasting Mimicking Diet has many health benefits, new study finds after observing the evolution of the members of the study group.
Fasting may bear more than religious significance, scientists have concluded recently. Their declaration is grounded on the positive results that the practice has had during a recent medical study. More specifically, researchers has found out that refraining yourself from food for just five days a month could have outstanding results for your health.
The research was conducted with the help of the National Institute of Aging and a small group of individuals with weight problems. The latter were asked to follow the “Fasting Mimicking Diet” for five days a month for an interval of three months.
Repeated health tests were carried out before, during and after the experiment, so scientists would constantly supervise the evolution of their patients. At the end of the experiment, results have clearly indicated that fasting for five days a month can help people lose weight and reduces many health risks.
Most respondents presented lower heart and diabetes risks after just the three-month period. What’s more appealing is that neither of the participants felt in any way stressed by the diet. They have all agreed that the “Fasting Mimicking Diet” is one of the easiest treatments to follow.
According to the nutrition experts taking part in the study, the fasting period is divided between two stages. The first one, which corresponds to the first day of diet presupposes that dieters would only consume 1,090 calories out of which 34 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent protein and 56 percent fat.
For the rest of the period, namely days two – five, participants would lower the caloric intake to 725. They would also consume only 9 percent protein, 47 percent carbohydrates and 44 percent fat.
Once these five days are completed, dieters can go back to their regular eating habits. However, the same routine would have to be followed again every month in order for the diet to have results.
The findings of the study have been published in the journal Cell Metabolism and they are expected to influence many more nutrition programs.
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