El Paso, TX. Chiropractor Dr. Alex Jimenez breaks down the Fasting Mimicking Diet. What it’s about, how to take it, and the health benefits.
Fasting with food!
- The 5 Day Fasting Mimicking Diet™, or FMD, is the first fasting meal program.
- Made from natural ingredients.
- Meals are consumed for five days.
- The body’s ( cellular pathways) do not recognize the meals as food.
- This keeps the body in a fasting mode.
- This diet is proven to promote overall health.
- Reduce excess fat.
- Allow your freedom.
Scientifically developed and clinically tested at the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. Led by Dr. Valter Longo, the USC Longevity Institute unites multidisciplinary aging research approaches to enhance healthy living.
The FMD is the only meal program that provides the body with optimal nourishment, which keeps the body in fasting mode.
Why Take ProLon®?
Two decades of scientific discoveries at the University of Southern California.
- All-natural, plant-based, high-quality food and supplements
- Experience the benefits of fasting, but with natural foods
- Conveniently packaged in single-serve portions for each day of the program
What ProLon® Can Do For You
- Decrease body fat
- Decrease body weight
- Preserve lean body mass
- 60% weight loss maintained 3 months after resuming a normal diet
Maintain Healthy Levels
- Blood glucose
- Blood pressure
- C-reactive proteins
- Stem cells Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1
How To Follow Program
- Consume the ProLon® meal program‘s components for five consecutive days
- Do not consume any additional food/liquid other than water or herbal teas without caffeine or additives
- No sodas allowed
- Resume a healthy diet for the rest of the month
To maximize the benefits, you should minimize caffeine consumption to 1 cup of coffee or tea without additives or sweeteners per day during the 5-day program.
Resuming Regular Diet
At the end of the program on Day 6 for a period of 12 hours
- Liquid foods, such as soups and fruit juices
- Light meals: rice, pasta, small portions of fish/meat/legumes
- Avoid binge eating
Fast For Performance
What To Expect
Individuals taking ProLon® have reported
- Improved energy levels
- Less fatigue
- Softer and shinier skin
- A positive impact on lifestyle
- Making healthier choices and eating less
How Often Should You Take The 5-Day ProLon® Diet?
The ProLon clinical trials protocol included three consecutive cycles of ProLon (5-day only per month over three consecutive months). It is up to the practitioner to decide the best protocol that they would like to use for each patient. It is suggested that for patients who are obese or overweight, to use ProLon for one three-cycle protocol, and recommend that you check with your doctor to reassess and determine if they have met their goals or if more cycles would be helpful. If a patient is not overweight and eats and exercises well, it is suggested to take the product 1-2 times a year.
- Due to the low caloric nature of the ProLon® 5-day meal program, Individuals should not take ProLon® in combination with prescription or non-prescription drugs unless approved by your healthcare professional.
- Drink at least 8 cups of water to minimize the risk of dehydration.
- Avoid alcohol consumption, strenuous exercise, and exposure to high temperatures (e.g., saunas, spas, Jacuzzi) or cold environments and swimming.
- Operate a motor vehicle and heavy machinery with care until it is known how ProLon® may affect you.
Clinical Study Methodology
Pre-clinical and clinical studies have proven that periodic fasting, done for several days, is a potent intervention that our bodies learned to cope with by protecting and rejuvenating themselves naturally. The 5-Day ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet has been clinically tested and found to promote beneficial effects in a wide variety of conditions ranging from excess weight and fasting blood glucose to growth factors associated with DNA damage and aging.
- Randomized control trial of 100 subjects
- 71 completed 3 cycles of the ProLon® either in a randomized phase (N=39) or
- After being crossed over from a control diet group to the FMD group (N=32)
- Control subjects continued normal diet.
- ProLon® participants consumed the fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) for 5 days per month for 3 months.
- Measurements were performed before the diet (Before) and (During) the recovery period and (After) the 3rd cycle.
Clinical Study Results
Elevated Risk Cohort Results
ProLon® is a clinically tested, easy-to-take 5-day meal program that enhances your health without dramatic lifestyle changes.
FMD Pre-Clinical Trial Results
- In the first study from the Clinical and Translational Report, yeast deprived of food periodically was shown to have a longer life expectancy than yeast fed normally.
- The second study involved feeding a group of mice a specialized diet for four days a month.
- The diet reduced both caloric intake and protein intake.
- The scientists tested markers in the blood of the mice and found that the diet emulated prolonged water-only fasting.
- After returning to regular feeding, the mice regained most, but not all, of the lost weight.
- Differences between the Fasting Mimicking Diet and control groups include improved metabolism and cognitive function, gradual weight loss, muscle rejuvenation, higher bone density, 40% fewer malignant lymphomas, immune system regeneration, and longer average life expectancy.
A third study was done using people.
- There were nineteen participants and nineteen control participants with a broad range of ages (19-75).
- Members of both sexes and various races so that the study represented a general cross-section of, adult population.
- The individuals in the Fasting Mimicking Diet group were provided with the food they were required to eat during the five days.
- Scientists were happy with the compliance level of the diet, and most reported only mild or no negative effects on the fast days.
- Results showed that the FMD participants experienced an average:
- 3% reduction in weight
- Reduction in visceral fat
- Reduction in C-reactive protein
- Rejuvenation of the immune system
Who Should Not Use ProLon®
- Children under the age of 18
- Women who are pregnant or nursing
- Individuals who are allergic to nuts or soy
- Individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) <18
- Individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions or diseases unless approved in writing by a physician appropriately trained to treat that condition.
- Individuals who have been severely weakened by a disease or medical procedure
- Individuals who are taking medications that may not be safely consumed with a calorie-restricted diet unless authorized in writing by a licensed physician
- Individuals with Diabetes (type 1 and type 2), cardiovascular disease, and cancer, unless approved in writing by a licensed physician. ProLon® should never be combined with glucose-lowering drugs, such as metformin or insulin.
- Fasting is prohibited for individuals with particular metabolic diseases, such as those affecting gluconeogenesis.
- Individuals with a history of significant cardiac disease, particularly uncompensated congestive heart failure NYHA grade 2 or more or LVEF <40% on any prior assessment
- Individuals with a history of syncope (fainting) with calorie restriction or other medical co-morbidities Individuals who have special dietary needs that are incompatible with the ProLon® meal plan
- Individuals with liver or kidney disorders that may be affected by very low glucose and protein content of the diet
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