Thanks to advancements in medical research, humans live longer today than ever before. While we have extended the “quantity” of life, this often occurs at the expense of its “quality.” A focus on healthspan – a term used to describe the healthy years of a person’s life – is not just about living longer, it’s about living better. Healthspan means not just adding years to your life but ensuring those years are healthy, vibrant and full of vitality.
To achieve both longevity and a high quality of life, we must explore the fascinating science behind aging and how our dietary choices influence this natural process. How and what we eat can play a profound role in promoting both longevity and healthspan. Over the past decades, science has uncovered the importance of a balanced and nutrient-rich diet, supplemented by prolonged periodic fasting, in promoting longevity.
While water-only fasting has been shown, repeatedly, to produce lasting longevity benefits, there remains concern around its safety and ease of adherence. To address these concerns, the ProLonTM Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) has emerged as a groundbreaking solution. Born from 25+ years of scientific endeavor, spanning 18 esteemed universities, and bolstered by the generous support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which alongside other government agencies has provided $36 million in research funding. ProLonTM’s FMD represents the only commercially available FMD scientifically crafted to simplify and enhance the practice of prolonged fasting while prioritizing safety and practicality. The groundbreaking nature of this product lies in its ability to maintain a fasting state while allowing you to enjoy nourishing foods. This means you get to experience many of the benefits associated with fasting without enduring the challenges of long-term water only fasting.
Fasting is an ancient tradition that has been practiced for cultural, religious, and healing purposes
The enduring popularity of fasting can be attributed to its numerous benefits, which span from enhancing metabolism and promoting weight loss to lowering the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular conditions.
- Heart Health: The FMD holds exciting opportunities for heart health as studies show risk factors for cardiovascular disease are reduced after 3 consecutive cycles.
- Diabetes & Blood Glucose: What’s especially exciting is that two-thirds of participants reduced their diabetes medications after six cycles of the FMD, and the improvements in markers of blood sugar control were sustained for months after stopping the program which suggests the potential for diabetes remission and regression.
- Cancer: The FMD has become especially interesting in the space of oncology, the study and treatment of cancer. Studies of the FMD in mice have shown significantly reduced cancer incidence and delayed cancer-related deaths.
- Inflammation: Inflammation is associated with the development of numerous diseases. (Kotas & Medzhitov, 2015) Research conducted with mice revealed that cycles of FMD reduced the number of inflamed tissues, including inflammation-related skin issues.
- Brain & Cognitive Health: Over the past 3 decades we have seen an alarming 161% increase in Alzheimer’s disease, underscoring the importance of maintaining brain health, cognition, and mental sharpness. (Li et al., 2022) But here’s the good news, early evidence suggests that the FMD may enhance cognitive function and potentially support conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
- Microbiome & Gut Health: Research has demonstrated the beneficial effects of prolonged fasting programs on the microbiome, fostering the growth of beneficial microbes.
- Skin: Aging skin is a natural part of life, but it doesn’t mean we can’t feel incredible in our own skin as we age. A recent study found remarkable results of three monthly cycles of FMD on the skin.
It’s essential to remember that the FMD was meticulously designed to avoid stimulating nutrient sensing pathways. Therefore, any additions or substitutions could interfere with your fast. For this reason, it is highly recommended to follow the instructions exactly.
Day 0 – Your Prep Day
Before diving into your five-day fast, the day prior to your fast, also referred to as day 0, is your chance to prepare your body and mind for this remarkable journey. While it’s perfectly normal to have some indulgent cravings, remember that you’re embarking on a transformative path.
Day 1 – The First Day of Your Fasting Journey
Welcome to Day 1 of your Fast-Mimicking Diet (FMD)! This day provides the most calories of any day on the fast, allowing your body to gently transition into the program. On this day, your glucose stores are being used up, and your body is switching gears, relying on its internal resources for energy, and primarily utilizing fat for fuel, to create ketones your body can use for energy.
Day 2 – Embracing the Power of Ketosis
Today begins the true shift to very low calorie intake. During Day 2, your body has now depleted its glucose stores and ketones as its primary energy source. For some, Day 2 can come with uncomfortable side effects related to the “keto flu,” but don’t worry, this is normal.
Day 3 – Reaching the Autophagy Gold Mine
Day 3 can be quite demanding for many as your body continues to adapt to the extended fasting period. You might experience some familiar or heightened symptoms from Day 2, but rest assured that these typically diminish by Day 4 and 5. On this day, you’ll unlock the fascinating benefits of autophagy.
Day 4 – Scaling the Summit:
Congratulations! You’ve climbed over the most challenging hump of your fasting journey. Days 4 and 5 tend to be much easier, and you’ll start to experience additional benefits of the FMD. Pay close attention to your evolving relationship with food and jot down your feelings and experiences.
Day 5 – Finishing Strong
You’ve reached Day 5, your last day of fasting. You’ve demonstrated remarkable determination and commitment to the FMD. As your body continues to thrive in ketosis and autophagy, you might notice increased energy and even a sense of calm.