Updated: Jun 23, 2021
Chances are that you've heard about the benefits of fasting. Fasting has been a popular topic of conversation over the past year. Research points to many benefits of fasting. Lucky for us, there's not just one way to fast. Learn more about common types of fasts below.
We have found that when you consume all your calories in a more narrow window of time, you will not only weigh less but you will have an increase in muscle mass and a decrease in mental fog even without reducing the number of calories consumed. Intermittent fasting takes many forms. At Vitality, we like to recommend 11-12 hours of eating and 12-13 hours of fasting. This is frequently considered the circadian rhythm method. Research has shown hormonal benefits to adopting this lifestyle.
You may also have heard of friends or family members doing extended intermittent fasting windows. For example, many people will adopt a 16:8 fast, meaning they will fast for 16 hours and eat all their calories for the day within an 8-hour window. While this may work for some, Dr. McRae recommends for optimal hormonal health. women don't extend a fast beyond 12 hours more than 3 times per week. We call this change in fasting windows Crescendo Intermittent Fasting.
Extended fasts, frequently known as water fasts have many incredible benefits. After 72 hours of fasting, the body enters a process known as autophagy. Autophagy is the body's way of cleaning out damaged cells in order to regenerate newer, healthier cells. Once the body enters this state, it breaks down weakened, damaged cells and redistributes nutrients to stronger, healthier cells. This process strengthens the whole system and creates a burst in new stem cell production. Water fasts should be cleared with your doctor before attempting. Anything beyond 5 days needs to be medically supervised.
FASTING MIMICKING DIET
Doctors and patients agree that the benefits of fasting range from boosting the immune system to weight loss, improving insulin sensitivity and stem cell production. For many, the issue lies in the fast itself. How do you get the results without depriving yourself? Enter the Fasting Mimicking Diet, or FMD.
FMD was created by Dr. Valter Longo, Director of both the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California and the Program on Longevity and Cancer at IFOM in Milan.
Not long after Dr. Longo made a series of remarkable discoveries in mice, then in humans was the FMD created. His discoveries indicated that specific diets can activate stem cells and promote regeneration and rejuvenation in multiple organs to optimize health and provide anti-aging benefits.
PROLON 5 DAY MEAL KIT
"The ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet is the first and only meal program that has gone through clinical trials at the University of Southern California and been patented for its anti-aging effects! This 5-day meal program provides scientifically researched micro- and macro-nutrients in precise quantities and combinations that nourish you, but are not recognized as food by your body! The ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet is your secret to fasting – with real and delicious food. Join the health trend of fasting without going hungry!" - Excerpt taken from ProLon's Website