“Valter Longo is a scientist at the University of Southern California who believes that, because of this process, periodic fasting can help people stay healthy. Faulty immune cells, for instance, could be pruned back so that when a person starts to feed again, new cells are spawned from only the strongest and the fittest”
“And now his research has come up trumps with a far more convenient fasting diet, one that works as well as the weekly version, but that requires you to cut your calorie intake for only five consecutive days yet lose up to half a stone in the process”
“All the participants underwent a battery of tests, with the five-day fasters showing improvement in a range of metabolic markers linked with ageing and diseases, such as reduced blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure. Additionally, their levels of IGF-1 and C-reactive protein, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease had gone down.”
“What if you could trick your body into thinking it was fasting, receive the health benefits associated with calorie-restriction, but never actually stop eating?”
“Overall, the dieters lost an average of 2.6 kilograms (5.7 pounds), whereas the control group remained at the same weight, the scientists report online today in Science Translational Medicine. The calorie cutters also saw reductions in blood pressure, body fat, and waist size.”
“The health benefits of following a FMD are multitudinous: whilst weight-loss will undoubtedly occur, the main aim is to extend your ‘healthspan’ – that is, how long you live healthily, before contracting any age-related illnesses.”
Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. She has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs, and she has been featured on countless media outlets, including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View and Good Morning America.
Her new podcast, On Health: The Art Of Living ranked as the #18 podcast on iTunes’ overall New and Noteworthy list, and the #12 best show in Fitness & Nutrition. Its radio-on-demand format highlights the latest research and information on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, break bad habits and instill positive new behaviors in order to have a fit body and fit brain!
She recently interviewed Valter Longo, director of the USC Longevity Institute and creator of the Fasting Mimicking Diet. You can listen to the podcast here.
An interview with Dr. Valter Longo head of the USC Longevity Institute and creator of the Fasting Mimicking Diet.