Well, being a Nutritionist and a fairly social one, I was out for dinner last Friday night and all of the women at the table were asking me about the new 5:2 diet. Is it just another fad?
The truth is there is a lot of scientific evidence to prove that occasional but regular fasting
has its benefits. What do I mean by occasional? I mean not every day, but by regular I mean at least 2 days each week.
The fact is that when we allow the body to stop digesting and metabolising food, we also change our bodies to enter a mode where there is more energy going into repairing damaged cells, including damaged DNA. In this mode the liver produces less IGF-1.
Low levels of IGF-1 are associated with reduced incidence of particular cancers such as breast and prostate cancer. There are also other benefits of fasting such as reduced overall cholesterol over a 5 week period, lower triglycerides and improved blood glucose levels.
This is not new! Buddhist Monks and Indian holy men have been practising this for centuries. It’s only now that science can show us the proof in blood tests in humans.
So yes, I am practising fasting myself these
days, and the same old story “Eat more vegies and fruit” because they are the low calorie/high nutrient foods to use on the fasting days.
You will lose weight – AND you will improve your overall health.
PS: Check with your GP or health professional before fasting. It is not suitable for diabetics or pregnant women.