Tomorrow I start a 5 day fasting program for my health optimization, something I have done over a dozen times. Odds are you’ve heard about fasting. Defined as "abstinence from eating," the potential medical benefits have increasingly been substantiated in animal and medical research projects and now extend to enhance cognitive function. But is there a way to reap the benefits of fasting without, well, fasting? The answer—maybe.
I have been using a form of periodic fasting called a fasting mimicking diet (FMD) in my clinic with my patients, which has some pretty great benefits (similar to those from fasting). Here are some general and brain-specific data on the FMD and why you might be interested in trying it, plus how to take part in this eating plan.