Fast now and then
WHY IT WORKS
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.