Prolonged fasting and fasting-mimicking preferentially deplete visceral fat rather than lean mass

Parent Episode: Valter Longo, Ph.D. on the Fasting-Mimicking Diet & Fasting for Longevity, Cancer & Multiple Sclerosis

Prolonged fasting and a fasting-mimicking diet are both comparable to exercise in that they involve cycles of cellular damage and repair. During a fasting-mimicking diet, the body consumes both visceral fat and lean body mass for energy. However, upon refeeding only lean muscle mass is regenerated. The overall result, a loss of visceral fat without depleting lean muscle mass, is a desirable feature of a prolonged fast, particularly for athletic performance. In this clip, Dr. Valter Longo describes how a fasting-mimicking diet can be used for fat loss while preserving lean muscle mass.

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