Fasting Mimicking Diet
As part of our new product review series, we tried and tested the ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet the first week of the year. You may be wondering, just like we were, what is a fasting mimicking diet (FMD)?
According to ProLon’s creator and longevity researcher, Dr. Valter Longo, “The FMD is exactly what it sounds like: a diet that mimics a fast, providing the benefits of a fast without the deprivation and hunger.”
So what’s the point?
In over thirty years of longevity research, Dr. Longo has discovered a certain diet and FMD a few times per year can protect, regenerate and rejuvenate the body to keep us young and healthy longer. This is achieved in part by turning back the biological aging clock, which means that these diets can be adopted by relatively young people to help delay aging and prevent disease and also by older individuals to help them return to a more youthful state. The ProLon FMD is also clinically proven to stimulate the loss of abdominal fat while conserving muscle and bone mass.
According to Dr. Valter Longo’s book, The Longevity Diet, “The FMD treats aging and promotes healthy longevity using the following processes:
- Switching all cells to a protected anti-aging mode, promoting autophagy (self-eating of parts of the cell) and replacing damaged cell components with newly generated functional ones
- Killing damaged cells in many organs and systems and replacing them with newly regenerated cells from activated stem cells
- Shifting the body into an abdominal/visceral fat-burning mode, which continues after returning to a normal diet (probably due to epigenetic changes, which are modifications of the DNA and proteins that bind DNA).”
The ProLon team’s research on a randomized study of one hundred patients carried out at the USC medical center yielded impressive results. Participants who adopted an FMD for five days a month over a period of three months showed remarkable outcomes. The Longevity Diet reports more than 8 pounds lost in obese subjects, much of that from shedding abdominal fat, an increase in muscle mass relative to body weight and a decrease in blood pressure and blood glucose. Remarkably, the team at USC noted a reduction in risk factors for diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases after three cycles of the FMD.
Sounds pretty groovy, right? What’s involved?
With ProLon you’ll get a 5-day meal program made of micro- and macro-nutrients in precise quantities and combinations that nourish you but are not recognized as food by your body and therefore it mimics a fasting state. Dare we say it’s the best of both worlds?
We know you know this, but we do need to remind you, we aren’t doctors and aren’t promoting this diet, simply reviewing what it is. Tune in next time for all the details from one of our Coaches on what it was like actually testing it out for five whole days!
For more information on the ProLon diet, check out their website here.