The 5-2 Diet and the Fasting-Mimicking Diet Put to the Test

The effects of eating only 5 days a week or a fasting-mimicking diet 5 days a month.

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How interesting was that?! All-you-can-eat above-ground vegetables for 5 days would have that same low amount of protein, sugars, and calories with zero animal protein or animal fat. But, we’ll probably never know if it works as well, better, or worse since it’s hard to imagine such a study ever getting done without the financial incentive.

More on IGF-1 in my video Animal Protein Compared to Cigarette Smoking (

So far in this fasting series I’ve covered the basics of calories and weight loss:
• The 3,500 Calorie per Pound Rule Is Wrong (
• The Reason Weight Loss Plateaus When You Diet (
• The New Calories per Pound of Weight Loss Rule? (
• The Benefits of Calorie Restriction for Longevity (
• Potential Pitfalls of Calorie Restriction (

…water-only fasting:
• Benefits of Fasting for Weight Loss Put to the Test (
• Is Fasting Beneficial for Weight Loss? (
• Is Fasting for Weight Loss Safe? (

…and types of alternate-day fasting:
• Alternate-Day Intermittent Fasting Put to the Test (
• Is Alternate-Day Intermittent Fasting Safe? (
• Does Intermittent Fasting Increase Human Life Expectancy? (

I close it out with time-restricted eating in Time-Restricted Eating Put to the Test ( and The Benefits of Early Time-Restricted Eating (, coming up soon.

If you want them all in one place, I’ve also done three webinars on fasting, which are all available for download now at

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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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