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Feast and Famine Diet Extends Lifespan

by Chris Holden - March 2nd, 2015.
Filed under: Health and Disease.

We are advised to think of it as interval training for the dinner table. It’s also called ‘intermittent fasting’ and it’s premise is simple – some days you eat a lot and some days you don’t.

Fasting for a prolonged amount of time is difficult to do. After all, Paul Mathieson points out we must eat to live and being hungry is no fun. But fasting for short periods of time is very doable and will extend the lifespan.

What makes this feast and famine diet attractive to any dieter, even if weight loss alone is the goal, is the fact that the fast is not doing without food altogether, but just a severely limited amount of calories one day, followed by a day of excessive caloric intake.

During the three week study on humans of this feast and famine diet, the male participants were fed 25 percent (650 calories) of their needed daily calorie intake. The next day they were fed 175 percent ( 4,550 calories). At the end of the three weeks, the 24 study participants were shown to have an increase in their beneficial sirtuin proteins, which works to increase the lifespan by causing the body to release more antioxidants to fend off free radicals. The increased sirtuin proteins also reduce insulin levels and may help prevent diabetes.

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