“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?
This is what gerontologist Valter Longo and his lab at the University of Southern California have been researching for years, calling it the “fasting-mimicking diet.” The diet: reduce your caloric intake for just five days a month. …
In their strongest human evidence to date, Dr. Longo and his colleagues found that such a diet, practiced for three months, improved a battery of metabolic markers associated with aging and diseases, such as fasting glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. Additionally, levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which is associated with cancer, and C-reactive protein, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease went down.”
– The Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2017