Why is fasting good for us?
Obviously, we must eat to survive. However, science has shown that short periods of fasting can have major benefits for the body:
Benefits to the body
Increased cell resistance to stress
Lipolysis (fat metabolism)
Autophagy (literally, self-eating; this refers to the body’s system for clearing out damaged cell components and debris)
Neurogenesis (growth of nerve tissue)
Stem-cell stimulation (stem cells renew the body’s tissues)
Additional Positive Change
Removal of damaged cells and tissues
Weight loss, particularly of the visceral fat (fat around the organs)
Better blood pressure control and reduced blood fats, including cholesterol
Reduced risk of chronic diseases
Increased healthy longevity (that is, live longer with less disease)
What happens when we fast?
After 12 hours, the effects of fasting are just starting to get going and after 24 hours, the intensity builds up considerably.
After 2 days, cells are entering survival mode, which is when they start to eliminate cellular waste and debris (autophagy). Cell function is optimised for survival in a low-nutrient environment; this is associated with increased resistance to stress. The body uses up its store of glycogen (carbohydrate).
The absence of glycogen (carbohydrate) and readily available fat causes stress levels to increase on the 5th day. This late stage of survival mode induces the body to eliminate old, damaged or inefficient cells and to increase the number of circulating stem cells (cells that create new, rejuvenated tissue). This process optimises biological ageing and can have a beneficial effect on certain chronic diseases.
Backed Up By Studies
Studies at the University of California have shown that a fast duration of 5 days is ideal, as it ends before the body starts to draw on alternative sources of nutrients, such as muscle. We thus obtain the beneficial effects (fat loss, autophagy, cell stress resistance, increased stem cells, optimisation of biological ageing) before we lose lean mass (muscle).
The ProLon Diet
The ProLon diet comes in a box that contains 5 smaller boxes, each of which holds all the foods you need for one day. Meals include proprietary plant-based soups, bars and snacks, and there are also specific drinks and supplements (see the 5-day menu). The foods are designed to maximise the protective effects of fasting while minimising hunger and providing essential micronutrients.
Meals are simple to prepare, and the snacks are of course ready to eat, making the whole process easy to follow and avoiding interference with your daily routine.
The ProLon Box
All Whole Food
ProLon® ingredients are plant-based and do not contain any additives, preservatives or chemicals. ProLon® does contain honey and gelatine*. The daily calorific intake with ProLon® is between 750 and 1100 calories, derived from healthy ingredients that maximise nourishment and provide a pleasant eating experience.
*Gelatine is only present in the algal oil capsules. If you prefer to avoid gelatine, alternative sources of algal oil can be provided.
ProLon® market research and consumer panels demonstrated:
• Very good taste
• Convenient and easy day-by-day packaging
• Minimal disruption to daily lifestyle
How often should we use the ProLon diet?
Do I eat a normal diet between the cycles?
Dr Longo’s aim with this diet is to keep us disease-free for longer as we age. This underlies his approach to longevity. He has written a book* on this and includes in that book numerous recipes designed to favour health. His recommendations include reducing our protein intake, especially from animal sources, as this is associated with metabolic markers indicative of cell stress and ageing. We should also avoid refined carbohydrates, as these can overstimulate hormones associated with appetite, fat accumulation and energy metabolism.
*Please note that Dr Longo has generously dedicated all proceeds from this book to further research into longevity and the fasting-mimicking diet.
Will ProLon help me lose weight?
Other options are available for the specific purpose of losing weight. Ask Dr Bazire for advice.
Can I do more than 1 cycle a month?
Will ProLon improve my blood pressure?
Is ProLon suitable for vegetarians?
Can anyone do the ProLon diet?
Do I have to have a blood test before I do the diet?
Does it have any side effects?
Although the diet is designed to reduce hunger, this is not completely suppressed.
Extremes of temperature should be avoided as these can alter fluid distribution in the body and the electrolyte concentrations in the blood.
Do I have to exercise during the diet?
Don’t other types of fasting provide these health benefits?
Scientific Research Summaries
Read summaries of the scientific research on which Prolon is based on.