Episode 15: A Guide to the Fasting-Mimicking Diet

Welcome to Season 2 of Living Well with MS and thank you for being part of our growing podcast audience. Thanks to you and listeners like you, the podcast’s first season was a hit, with audience stats that landed us in the top 20% of all podcasts out there. Please keep tuning in and spread the word. Regardless of how people hear about Overcoming MS, the important thing is that they hear about it, and Living Well with MS is an informative tool to help make that happen!

On this first episode of our second season, we are pleased to welcome a very special guest to Living Well with MS, Dr Valter Longo, the scientist behind the Fasting Mimicking Diet. Dr Longo is a bio-gerontologist and cell biologist serves as a professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and as the director of the USC Longevity Institute. He is the creator of the fasting-mimicking diet, a program that claims to mimic the effects of periodic fasting. Despite the implication, this is a juicy and timely topic, so tune in to hear what Dr Longo has to say. To read Dr Longo’s full bio, click here

Questions include:

Your research shows that fasting mimicking can help people live longer, but can it also help people with MS live better?

  • Thanks for joining us, Dr Longo. Before we dive into your dietary recommendations, can you enlighten us a bit about today’s rising fascination with fasting diets?
  • Tell us a bit about the fasting-mimicking diet and what you consider its primary benefits.
  • What are the main differences between the fasting-mimicking diet and other fasting diets?
  • What are blue zones?
  • Can you tell us a bit more about 5:2, 16:8 and occasional water fasting, and is there a difference in effects between them?
  • What should we eat between fasts?
  • Can we drink alcohol?
  • What is the Prolon diet?
  • If people can’t afford Prolon, can they get some of the benefits on their own?

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ShaZ

He is so good. I had been doing an 16/8 type fast and will revise after hearing this podcast. (Hint: gallstones! who needs them? Not me!)