If you’ve tried the ProLon fasting mimicking diet, or any type of fasting diet, you’re likely familiar with the health benefits of fasting, and have perhaps already experienced some of them yourself. Regular fasting is associated with numerous benefits — including increased energy, weight loss, and improved blood glucose control — and the ProLon fasting mimicking diet in particular has been shown to reduce markers associated with age-related disease, such as inflammation and insulin-like growth factor 1.

If you’ve completed the first cycle of a fasting mimicking diet or another type of prolonged fast, you’re on the right path to improved health and increased longevity. The decisions you make now can help set you up for even greater success. Your answers to the following questions can help you determine your next steps on your journey to greater health.

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1. What are your long-term goals?

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to identify your health goals. Do you need to lose weight? Do you already have symptoms associated with biological aging? Your individual goals and your current health status will help inform your ideal health and wellness plan, including factors such as how often you should repeat your fasting diet.

2. How often can you fast?

The manufacturers of the ProLon diet recommend following the diet once a month if you want to lose significant weight or improve other health markers associated with age-related disease. If you are looking to achieve results similar to the ProLon clinical trials, you will need to complete three cycles of ProLon within three months.

For individuals who are generally healthy and want to reduce the risk of chronic disease, completing a fast once a quarter may be sufficient. However, many people experience such positive results from fasting that they choose to make it a regular part of their lives. You can accomplish this in several ways:

  • Continue with additional cycles of the 5-day ProLon diet as needed to maintain your results.
  • Adopt the practice of intermittent fasting. Also known as alternate-day fasting, intermittent fasting is characterized by reducing caloric intake on non-consecutive days during the week. A common example is the 5:2 diet, where you eat your regular diet five days of the week, and restrict caloric intake to 500-600 calories on the other two days.
  • Begin practicing time-restricted fasting. This refers to the practice of limiting your food consumption to a certain window of time, such as 10:00am to 6:00pm. This leaves more time overnight for your body’s repair and rejuvenation system to continue building upon the results you have achieved. Some people make a regular practice of skipping breakfast and just eating two meals a day.

All of these approaches to fasting offer different benefits, and the right one for you depends on your personal preferences, current health status, and possibly other factors, such as your work schedule or other personal obligations.

3. How do different foods affect you now?

Now that your digestive system has had the opportunity to rest and reset, this is a good opportunity to identify any foods to which you may be sensitive. As you reintroduce foods to your diet, pay attention to any resulting symptoms. Wheat, eggs, tomatoes, nuts, and dairy are common causes of reactions such as acne, skin rashes, or gastrointestinal distress. If you notice any unpleasant reactions, stop eating the foods in question and see if your symptoms improve. You may want to remove these foods from your diet completely, or reserve them for rare occasions.

4. What other changes can you make to your diet?

Following a fast, you can return to your normal diet if you wish, or you may want to continue to limit your intake of processed foods, simple carbohydrates, and animal protein. Continuing to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, will further reduce inflammation and the risk of associated health issues such as heart disease.

You can also take your diet a step further by determining the right diet for your genotype. Your individual genetic traits influence whether you function best on a diet that is low-carb, low-fat, or more Mediterranean in nature. When you order your genetic test from Vivaliti DNA, you can also opt to work with a health coach who will help you implement all of the recommendations included in your personalized genetic blueprint. Request a free consultation with a Vivaliti health coach now to learn more about achieving optimal health with your personalized DNA report!