Diets that “trick” the body may offer protection against unhealthy eating habits


Researchers at the University of California have found that mimic fasting diets provide health benefits for mice, at least when followed regularly on five-day cycles. The false fasting diet helped counter the health impact of the high calorie and fat diet given to mice, which were divided into three groups and studied for over two years.

Fasting, once a common activity among religious, has become a diet and lifestyle trend for those seeking weight loss, improved insulin resistance, longer lifespan, and other benefits. supposed. While religious diets often involve abstaining from food and possibly water for several days, dieters and lifestyle hackers tend to participate in intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting generally involves avoiding all foods and generally drinks that contain calories for a certain amount of time each day; this could, for example, involve eating only one meal per day or limiting all of your meals to a six-hour period. We’ve seen studies emerge that look at fast-type diets that essentially “trick” the body into a fasting state without completely eliminating food.

This bogus fasting protocol is the subject of the new study, which calls it a fast mimic diet (FA) that involves eating a low amount of calories five days a week followed by two days of normal eating. A group of mice were fed a diet high in fat and calories until they became overweight and developed health problems as a result. A second group was fed the same high-fat diet for four weeks, but then followed a low-calorie diet mimicking the five-day fast.

This cyclical dietary intervention, while mild in the grand scheme of things, was enough to trigger a return to normal body weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure in the second group of mice. This same group also had the same lifespan as the third group of mice, which received a normal, consistent and healthy diet.

Lead author of the study, Valter Longo, explained:

The study indicates that it is possible for mice to eat a relatively bad diet that is offset by five days of a fasting mimic diet. Our major finding is that intervening with this diet made their hearts more resilient and functioning better than mice who ate only a diet high in fat and calories.

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