This 5-day diet is breaking the internet, but does it work?

This diet plan lets you eat whatever you want while keeping you away from weight-related diseases

News Desk April 19, 2016

For most people, following a diet plan either means starvation, eating only vegetables or depriving themselves of sugar to the extent that it begins to haunt them.

Following a well-balanced diet regime that doesn't kill you and might be beneficial as it helps protect you from unnecessary diseases. However, researchers have now come up with a diet-plan which allows you to eat whatever you want while keeping you healthy and away from weight-related diseases.


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The Fast Mimicking Diet involves five days of limited caloric intake each month. Although the 'Fasting Mimicking Diet' leads to short-term weight loss, researchers see it as an investment in the future. Here's how it works:

Here's how it works:

"The best preparation is to gradually ease into the five-day plan. It is far easier to eat smaller meals in the run-up and cut out snacking and caffeinated drinks (which also come with high calories) altogether, over a period of days before the regime begins, than to suddenly and extremely change your food intake,” said Valter Longo, biogerontologist and director of the University of Southern California Longevity Institute.

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"On paper, the first day should be the easiest, with ProLon meals containing 1,090 calories (10% protein, 56% fat, 34% carbohydrates. That’s more than the four remaining days, which only have 725 calories," Quartz reported.

While the diet plan requires you to eat 'normally' through rest of the month, make sure you revert to your regular eating habits gradually without overdoing it.

This article originally appeared on Quartz.

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