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Why do the LFD

Why do the LFD

Fasting-Mimicking Protocol Background

Sip Kitchen’s Longevity Fasting Diet is based on the published clinical research from the “Fasting Mimicking Diet” (FMDTM). The FMDTM​ is the culmination of decades of ground-breaking work on longevity and on the biochemical pathways by which cells age by Dr Valter Longo and his team at University of Southern California (USC) Longevity Institute.

The 5-day FMD was developed to promote healthy longevity through:

  • Promoting longevity & cell-based renewal through the natural processes of autophagy and apoptosis.
  • Improving biomarkers such as insulin sensitivity, triglyceride levels & cholesterol, common indicators of metabolic syndromes such as type II diabetes & heart disease
  • Switching all cells to a protected anti-aging mode
  • Igniting fat burning through nutritional ketosis, particularly visceral/abdominal fat
  • Gaining control over your nutrition & kickstarting healthier eating habits
  • Improving energy, mental clarity & focus

Clinical Research

In April 2017, outcomes from the first randomised clinical human trial of participants completing the FMDTM for five-days a month for three consecutive months were published.

The outcomes of the study were reported as including:

  • A reduction in blood glucose and a large increase in ketones
  • A 25%+ reduction in circulating Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1)
  • Orchestrating genes to increase cellular protection
  • A reduction in blood pressure for those participants with moderately high blood pressure
  • Initiating stem cell rejuvenation
  • Initiating autophagy & apoptosis
  • A reduction in C-Reactive Protein (CRP) & Interleukin 6 (IL-6)
  • Positive changes in cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • A reduction in body weight, with decreases in visceral stomach fat in particular and an increase in lean muscle mass
  • A shift to produce more lymphoid vs myeloid immune cells

In essence, this carefully constructed diet allows your body to initiate a set of highly coordinated protectionist measures that we are biologically capable of but which most of the time remain dormant due to our ready and stable supply of food. It allows your body to enhance its performance, rejuvenate its cells, and thrive under such circumstances.

Who should do the LFD?

Fasting and fasting-mimicking diets have been shown to be beneficial for many individuals, whether it be for weight loss, decreasing unhealthy abdominal fat, improving blood glucose control, decreasing inflammation, or decreasing cancer markers.

Sip Kitchen’s LFD is intended primarily for healthy individuals who want to improve their health, those who have sub-optimal markers for chronic conditions, and overweight individuals who want to better manage their weight and metabolic markers.

What’s right for me?

Start with listing your health goals and then prioritising them in order of importance. Be aware of your current stress level and any significant lifestyle factors (travel, family etc). This should help steer you in the right direction. It is important to understand your stress levels ahead of undertaking a fast, especially for middle-aged females. Too much added stress by way of a stringent protocol or extended fast is likely to be counterproductive and can disrupt hormones. A couple of days a week of eTRF (Early Time-Restricted Feeding) combined with a healthy wholefood diet may be enough to begin with.

If you need guidance on understanding what’s right for you, please discuss with your GP or health professional.

For example:

Slim individuals who have no major health issues and are interested in anti-aging/longevity may choose to complete the Longevity Fasting Diet 1-2 times per year, in combination with including one of our MY800 meal plans or using Time Restricted Feeding.

A busy individual with signs of metabolic syndrome who doesn’t have the time or inclination to prepare food mid-week and tends to eat whatever’s readily available may be more suited to a more intensive My800 approach such as 5-days on 2 days off for several weeks to accelerate biomarker improvement, then progress to maintenance via 5:2 intermittent fasting. For more information on MY800 visit <insert link>

A menopausal female may be best suited to completing the Longevity Fasting Diet once a year, with My800 3 day meal plans or 5:2 intermittent fasting used more regularly for weight control as it contains more protein which is important for menopausal women

An athlete may be best suited to doing 3-day MY800 meal plans 2-4 times a year (not in heavy training weeks) to maximise NAD+ and improve fat burning/adaptation.

Dr Valter Long’s clinical recommendations on frequency for undertaking a FMD™ are as follows:

  • Once a month for those who are obese or overweight with at least two risk factors: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer or neurodegenerative disease
  • Once every three months for those who are of an average-weight with at least one risk factor: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer or neurodegenerative disease
  • Once every four months for healthy people with a normal diet who are not physically active
  • Twice per year for those who are healthy and physically active
     

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