Apparently, fasting wouldn't only lead to a fit body, but as well as to a younger you! In just 5 days a month, fasting could help prevent or treat age-related illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. This claim has been proven in recent studies.
Researches in mice and humans suggest that periodic fasting can reduce body fat, cut insulin levels, and provide other benefits. One of the fasting techniques, the 5:2 diet, allows a person to eat normally for 5 days a week, however, of the other 2 days, the consumed calories are restricted to 500-600.
Lowering calorie intake may slow aging (c) blog.doctoroz.com
In the study published in Science Translational Medicine
, researchers have completed a randomized clinical trial in which 71 people followed the fasting-mimicking diet for 3 months, while volunteers in the control group didn’t change their eating habits.
Results showed that the dieters lost an average of 2.6 kilograms, whereas the control group remained at the same weight. The group who acquired the diet were also seen reductions in blood pressure, body fat, and waist size.
Though the 3-month trial can’t determine whether the diet increases longevity in people, Longo notes that levels of insulin-like growth factor 1, a hormone that promotes aging in rodents and other lab animals, plunged in the low-cal group.
Longo adds that fasting may really be “reversing” aging. The common risk factors of killer diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease were noticeably reduced in people who acquired the diet.
“It looks like you can go at the underlying problem rather than just putting a Band-Aid on it,” he said in a statement.