ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: WELLNESS
Fasting is avoiding all solid foods
and ingesting approved liquids only. Fasting is considered
the most effective of all antiaging treatments, and
is the only antiaging treatment which has been well
researched. Periodic fasting and caloric restriction
can add 40-50 healthy years to your lifespan.
Through fasting and/or calorie restriction is designed
to cleanse the body of harmful substances, retard the
aging process in order to promote life-extension, and
make you feel fitter and healthier.
It is recommended, especially during first attempts,
that both fasting and post-fasting phases be closely
supervised by a physician or fasting specialist. These
professionals will also help you tailor a program to
your individual requirements.
Following a fasting program, antiaging candidates should
attempt to continue with the regular mini fasting and
detoxification programs. More on Fasting Plans
Caloric Restriction / Fasting Program Considerations
It is natural to feel some hunger at the beginning
of the fast, but this normally ceases by the second
day. Prescribed hunger - suppressing agents may be incorporated
at the beginning of the program.
- Programs typically consists of a 7 to 60-day program;
which includes between one and ten fasting days.
- During times of restriction essential nutrients,
especially vitamins and minerals, must be maintained.
- Protein is reduced during the program, however,
minimal essential requirements for protein must be
- The diet focuses on "undernutrition without
Caution: Pregnant and breast-feeding
women, people who are underweight or anemic, and those
with eating disorders, cancer, cardiovascular and digestive
diseases or immune deficiencies should not fast.
Diabetics and people with liver or kidney problems
should consult their doctors before beginning a fast.
Avoid water-only fasts.
The Fasting Method
Instead of eating less on daily basis, periodic fasting
can produce the same retardation in rate of aging. For
many people, fasting may be preferred to calorie restriction
as hunger is restricted to one or two days a week.
Water fasts are undertaken, however I recommend juice
fasting instead. Juice requires minimal digestion, improves
energy, is easily absorbed and assimilated by the body,
and supplies nutrients and calories to maintain energy
while clearing body waste. Juice fasting may also help
decrease the unpleasant detox-withdrawal reaction that
Plan Type Comparison
The reasons we recommend fasting over caloric restriction
- Curative Benefits – whilst
fasting, an intensification of natural repair processes
throughout the whole body occurs, giving the body
an opportunity to cure itself. Caloric restriction
has not been proven to have the same curative benefit.
- Psychological benefits –
fasting avoids long periods of hunger experienced
on caloric restricted diets. With fasting, you normally
do not feel hunger after the second day whereas, on
a calorie-restricted diet, you may feel hunger every
- Pleasure of eating – fasting,
say 100 days per year, gives you the opportunity to
eat a normal ration of high quality food [e.g. 2500
kcal] rather than a restricted diet [[e.g. 1800 kcal]
the remaining days. This also supports the psychology
by almost providing “reward days” of normal
diet following fasting days.
- Religious compliance – fasting
provides the opportunity to schedule fasting in accordance
with prescribed fasting-days. This provides the spiritual
benefits as well as the physical ones.
Typical Fasting Plans
Each plan works to a weekly caloric intake of 10,500
PLAN 1: 1x Fasting Day Per Week,
[52 days per year]; with 1750 calories on non –
PLAN 2: 2 x Fasting Days Per Week
[104 days per year]; with 2100 calories on non –
PLAN 3: 4 x Fasting Periods per Year
- [72 days per year]; incorporates 1 fasting week, followed
by 1 recovery week gradually-increasing caloric intake
[5200 kcal week], then 11 normal diet weeks, incorporating
1 fasting day per week.
Fasting Week = 0 kcalories
Recovery week = 5,200 kcalories
Normal week = 12,000 kcalories [ 6
days at 2,000 kcal per day; and 1 fasting 0 kcal day]
This gives a total of 137,200 kcal in each 13-week
cycle; which averages out to approximately 1500 kcal
Typical Recovery Week
Day 1 = 200 kcal
Day 2 = 300 kcal
Day 3 = 400 kcal
Day 4 = 600 kcal
Day 5 = 900 kcal
Day 6 = 1200 kcal
Day 7 = 1600 kcal
Total = 5200 kcal
Try breaking the fast by eating fruit for breakfast,
raw vegetables for lunch, a baked sweet potato and salad
Timing Your Fasting
Juice fasting should only be done during the warmer
months. You may prefer to wait until vacations or low
work-load periods. You may experience some tiredness
during the fast, so avoid periods when heavy exercise
is scheduled, at least until you are familiar with your
own reactions. Activities like walking, yoga, even golf,
are perfectly achievable during fasting.
Fasting can sometimes have emotional impacts, so also
avoid fasting during times of stress or emotional loads.
Preparing for a Fast
For several days to a week before the fast, avoid the
- Fatty or fried foods
- Processed foods and junk food, including chocolate