Fast now and then

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -


Re­strict­ing your daily kilo­joule in­take from time to time has been linked to a wide va­ri­ety of health ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing lower blood pres­sure, body fat, waist size, choles­terol and blood glu­cose lev­els.

One of the most re­cent fast­ing stud­ies shows that peo­ple who fast once a month ex­pe­ri­ence a dras­tic de­cline in their lev­els of a hor­mone that has been linked to ac­cel­er­ated age­ing.

How to do it

Fast for five con­sec­u­tive days each month. There are var­i­ous ways of fast­ing, but it was the study’s monthly five-day fast that had a pos­i­tive im­pact on the age­ing hor­mone.

Start fast­ing by re­duc­ing your kilo­joules to 4600kJ (1100cal) on day one of the fast, and then eat­ing 3000kJ (720cal) for the fol­low­ing four days. Al­ways seek guid­ance from your GP or an Ac­cred­ited Prac­tis­ing Di­eti­tian be­fore you be­gin fast­ing.

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