Regular cleansing works very well to help you lose weight. It also has great health benefits. I’ve done it many times but it’s not a form of dieting that everyone can do. I don’t recommend anyone who has medical problems or has never done it actually try to stop eating for several days. It’s tough, it is mentally heavy and for most people who do it, you’ll still gain all the weight back. But scientists have recently come up with a way to cheat cleanses through a diet known as the “Fast Mimicking Diet”.
What is the Fast Mimicking Diet?
The Fast Mimicking diet is a alternative to fasting where you you still put your body in a state or fasting, but don’t have the same kinds of difficulties in going through it. You somewhat copy or basically mimic what’s it’s like to go through a standard cleanse and still get most of the benefits.
This plan is still very new and all the evidence that has so far come up has been a study based on only 19 people doing this and the effects have been shown to be good. They say the Fast Mimicking Diet helps reduce to the risk of cancer, reduces anti-aging, improves your immune system and helps you lose weight, but I have not seen an average amount.
The fast isn’t really a fast, because you are eating, but in very small proportions. The fast lasts for 5 days out of every month and for the remaining time, you can eat anyway you like technically.
The way you are allowed to eat is broken up into proteins, carbs and fats and for everyday, you can eat basically any foods as long as the proportions are within the limits:
- Day 1, you are eating no more than 1,090 calories, of which 34% are carbs, 56% fat and the rest is protein.
- Then on days 2-5, no more than 725 calories a day of which 47% are carbs, 44% is fat and the rest is protein again.
As the proportions show, a “big chunk” of what you’re eating is with fat, which you shouldn’t be afraid of. You can lose weight while eating fat. A diet called the 3 week diet proved it and it’s actually beneficial.
If you can come up with foods to make up these proportions, you should be able to do this diet, but the people who were involved with it, mostly ate vegetable soup and kale crackers, a food which sounds like it has a lot of empty carbs.
The people also did this fast 3 times over a period of 3 months before results were recorded and that’s where they noted the benefits of this diet. There wasn’t much information about the other foods they ate, or at what times the people were eating.
The people’s height and weight were also not included which could make this diet a problem for most overweight people. Over a 1,000 calories for one day and then 725 for the remaining 4 days is very difficult, but for those who are overweight, it’s going to be even more difficult and I think this diet needs to be adjusted to the individual.
Cleansing is still more effective:
You really can’t copy or mimic the benefits of doing a regular cleanse. I’ve done water cleanses, colon cleanses and a master cleanse. I’ve had great results overall, but if you don’t pay attention to your health afterwards, you’ll just gain everything back so unless you make lifestyle changes after the cleanse, you shouldn’t do cleanses at all.
Water cleanses are the most traditional: You drink nothing but water and don’t eat anything for several days. If you are doing a water cleanse for the first time, obviously consult with a doctor first, but if it’s ok for you to do it, try to drink nothing but water for 1 day out of the week for a month. If you can get used to this, then try it for 2 days out of the month.
Some people take this to weeks and even a month, something that is too extreme for me, but if you can adjust to it and learn to cope with the side effects (feeling hungry and feeling little energy) you can try doing this, but always talk to a doctor first.
Colon cleanses can be done in doctor’s offices usually.
The master cleanse is an interesting one, 3-10 days of just drinking water and lemon mixed with other things. You are not allowed to eat anything, but this cleanse is really an amazing one. I lost 14 pounds in 5 days doing it. Get information and advice on doing the master cleanse if you’re interested.
What’s going to happen to this new diet?
The Fast Mimicking Diet can end up becoming very popular and useful, but since it’s still early and it hasn’t been adjusted to everyone, I think it’s better to wait and see how things workout, to see what are the side effects and if there’s a more convenient and safe way to do it.
There are people who say cleansing is dangerous and to some it really is. If you’re extremely overweight, can’t control your urges and go on a week long fast, you’re probably going to feel like crap, quit and maybe even have some health problems pop up. Never do cleanses without preparation or consulting with a doctor first.
Start by doing them for one day to get used to the side effects so that the next time you do it and it happens, you’ll feel more comfortable. Don’t do cleanses as crash diets, expect to live an unhealthy life and never see the weight come back. It’s going to.
What I also don’t like about the Fast Mimicking Diet is how they don’t really talk about eating healthy and the assumption is that you can eat anything, just do this cleanse 5 days out of every month and expect everything to workout well. That’s a wrong way of looking at it. A healthy lifestyle should be the main focus of any dieter.