Most of us start with a diet to lose weight. However, there are diets and nutrition plans devised in order to give a lasting impact to our health in a different way.
It has been proven that the drastic reduction of calories and food intake in the body in a certain way five days a month actually slows aging and reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, strengthens the immune system and enhances cognitive abilities.
It is called “diet that mimics post” and experts say it changes the body of the person practicing the diet.
Peter Bouvs, who participated in a study to prove the benefits of this diet explains that this way of eating rather than a diet must be seen as an “investment in the future.” Such a diet stimulates the regenerative processes in the body and improves long-term health.
With this diet the excess weight disappear, but it’s just a side effect, experts say.
The diet is actually very simple to maintain. Five consecutive days, every month, a person should drastically reduce the intake of calories, ie two thirds of the average daily intake. The first day consume 1,090 calories (10 percent protein, 56 percent fat, 34 percent carbohydrate), and the second to the fifth day consume 725 calories (9 percent protein, 44 percent fat, 47 percent carbohydrates).
It is important to note that the majority of carbohydrates should come from vegetables.
The remaining 25 days, the participants in the study ate normally as usual.
The research lasted three months, and Walter Longo, professor of gerontology and biology at the USC Institute for longevity, believes that the benefits of this regime can be achieved if the program is followed three or four times a year.