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What is the Fasting Mimicking Diet?

by Stephanie Edwards 9 days ago in diet

The fasting mimicking diet is the latest health trend. But what is the fasting mimicking diet, and is it effective?

What is the Fasting Mimicking Diet?
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It’s the new year, the start of 2021, and weight loss is on the minds of many. There are so many options out there for diets and weight loss that it can feel overwhelming. One of the most recent strategies to emerge in the weight loss world lately is the fasting mimicking diet. You may have heard of it. But what is the fasting mimicking diet? How is it different than traditional fasting? What are the benefits of the fasting mimicking diet? The answer is not always so obvious. Read on to learn more about this recent diet trend.

What is the fasting mimicking diet?

The fasting mimicking diet uses a type of modified fasting. In a traditional fast, you will be abstaining from food completely. However, in a fasting mimicking diet, you consume small amounts of food. However, you do it in such a way that you will still receive the benefits of fasting.

The fasting mimicking diet typically lasts about five days. You will be keeping your nutritional needs low- you’ll be watching your carb, protein, and calorie intake. Your calorie intake will be around 40% of your normal intake. For example, if you were at 2,000 calories, you will now be at 1,200 calories. This puts less stress on your body than traditional fasting by allowing you to get enough nutrients and electrolytes.

The diet is effective because long term fasting can be harmful. The fasting mimicking diet is safer and more effective for weight loss.

How is the fasting mimicking diet different than traditional fasting?

You may have heard the following things about traditional fasting: you will lose muscle mass, your metabolism will slow down, and it’s overall unhealthy. While this might be true of traditional fasting, it isn’t the case for simply restricting calories. Restricting calories is much safer than traditional fasting, especially for those fasting without water.

Traditional fasting can damage your metabolism, and it’s especially bad for people with certain health conditions. But as stated before, fast mimicking gives you all the benefits of fasting, including weight loss, without these dangerous side effects.

The benefits of the fasting mimicking diet

The fasting mimicking diet has many of the same benefits as regular fasting. Some also call this diet the ‘longevity diet’ as it’s been known to increase your overall well being. A few other benefits of the fasting mimicking diet include:

• Weight loss

• Immune system improvement and rejuvenation

• Decreased fast tissue through ketosis

• Improvement in fasting glucose, regenerative markers, and healthy stem cell levels

• Promotes a healthy gut microbiome

Conclusion

At the start of a new year, weight loss is on the minds of many. There are literally hundreds, of not more, of weight loss strategies available. One of the most recent weight loss trends is the fasting mimicking diet. This is a diet that mimics fasting, but in a healthier way. Instead of abstaining from food and drink completely, you instead reduce your caloric intake to 40% of your previous intake. You do this for about five days.

The fasting mimicking diet is much healthier than regular fasting in a few different ways. Fasting can harm your metabolism and lead to loss of muscle mass. However, that’s not the cast with the fasting mimicking diet. Since you are simply reducing calories instead of eliminating them, you’ll still get essential nutrients and electrolytes.

This diet has many different benefits, including immune system improvement, weight loss, and decreased fat tissue through ketosis. You’ll also see an improvement in fasting glucose, regenerative markers, and healthy stem cell levels. Finally, the fasting mimicking diet also promotes a healthy gut microbiome.

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