ProLon® is the first and only clinically tested fasting programme. Created by Dr Valter Longo, an Italian biologist, and researcher, the 5-day food box contains plant-based, non-GMO, gluten-free foods and has been designed to mimic the effects of fasting. The upside? Even though you are eating fewer calories than normal, you are still getting all the nutrients you need. That’s because ProLon tricks your body into thinking it is fasting whilst still allowing you to eat enough food to keep you going. Read on to find out more about the Prolon fasting mimicking diet!
Fasting and the positive benefits associated with it have been on my radar for some time, but I have always felt too nervous to try it! This is mainly because I suffer from low blood pressure, and often feel faint when I don’t eat enough (especially in the morning), so I have never felt comfortable about giving it a go. However, now that I am menopausal – plus the addition of the lockdown and working from home – I am around 10 pounds heavier than I was. Even though I exercise regularly, eat healthily, and have the right number of calories, I never seem to go below 70kg these days. So, when I was asked to try the ProLon fasting mimicking diet, it was the perfect opportunity to try the ketosis method and to see if I could shift a few pounds!
The Benefits of ProLon’s Fasting Mimicking Diet Programme
- Decreased inflammation
- Increased mental focus
- Boosts cell renewal
- Suitable for those on plant-based diets
- An added bonus is weightloss
Before I embarked on the ProLon 5 Day Fasting Mimicking Diet, I spoke to qualified nutritionist, Don Gordon, to get his expert tips on how to use the programme to get maximum benefits. Don advised me to listen to my body and not to push myself to do any strenuous exercise while encouraging me to increase my self-care and give myself time to self-reflect.
There are 2 different options, and I chose option 2.
Vegetable, Minestrone, Vegetable Quinoa, Mushroom, Tomato.
Butternut Squash, Black Bean, Butternut Squash Quinoa, Spinach & White Bean, Tomato
When the box arrived, it contained everything I needed for the 5-day programme and even though I was nervous, I was also relieved I didn’t have to think about what I was eating for the next 5 days! The Prolon box contains food and drinks for each day, there is an almond bar for breakfast, a plant-based soup for lunch and tea (I loved the quinoa and butternut squash flavour) and snacks – olives and kale crackers. There are also herbal tea bags, vitamin supplements, and a daily energy drink.
I was really delighted to discover that all the food in the ProLon kit tasted so good! The soups were well seasoned, and the bars were delicious, plus the extra snacks of olives and kale chips which I loved too. But day 1 was definitely the hardest. I had a headache and kept wondering how I would manage for the next 5 days! I felt a bit negative and went to bed at 7pm that night feeling a bit miserable.
Thankfully, I woke up feeling so much better and a lot more positive. I had a busy working day ahead of me, so having all my meals planned was a real bonus! As a result, I ate my soups, bars, and snacks, drank my water, and powered through with no issues. The Choco Crisp Bar, a lovely combination of chocolate and nuts, tasted great with a cup of tea and my day went so smoothly and easily it gave me hope for the rest of the week. I had already started thinking slightly differently about food too.
I woke up absolutely starving so I ate my morning bar immediately but by late morning I was having dizzy spells and feeling faint. To compensate, I made myself a green smoothie as I thought this would interfere least with the fast. Afterwards, I felt fine, and I got through the rest of the day with no problems at all. This was the only time that I supplemented the fast with anything else. Weirdly, I also noticed that I wasn’t missing my morning coffee, which really surprised me as I thought it would be one of the hardest things to give up!
I woke up feeling positive and full of energy, which was a pleasant surprise! Also, I noticed that my body was already adjusting to the lighter meals and snacks. A real bonus so I really didn’t miss anything on Day 4. As a result, I got through the day easily and felt great knowing that I was almost at the end!
Finally, I made it! I feel so proud I made it through, and when I weighed myself, I was 4 lbs. lighter. Obviously, I was over the moon, as every pound is a prisoner at this age! This was an easy day although it may have been the thought of eating real food again, and that I could have a big bowl of porridge the next morning!
My Thoughts on ProLon’s Fasting Mimicking Diet
For me, this programme was a great reset and it made me think about how much food I eat. I didn’t suffer from any unpleasant side effects except on Day 1 when I had a headache and low mood, and on Day 3 when I was really hungry in the morning. I noticed a lot of positives from the fast, it helped me adjust my portion sizes, made me aware of how often I snack and I did notice an increase in my focus too.
Fasting really made me think about the way we use food in the West. We eat when we are happy, when we are sad, socialising with our friends and family. It even made me think about how much food we waste. Fasting also made me realise that when we eat nutritionally dense food, we actually need to eat a lot less food. I would definitely do this fast again as I got a lot of benefits from it. It has also changed the way that I look at food, which has been an interesting journey. Plus, I lost weight which made me feel good too!
Want to try ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet?
If you would like to try the ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet, I would recommend that you have a check-up with your GP to see if it is suitable for you. ProLon does not recommend fasting to pregnant or breastfeeding women, or anyone with underlying medical conditions. If you are allergic to nuts, soy, oats, sesame, or celery/celeriac, you should also avoid the ProLon meal kit as it contains these ingredients.
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|Natalie Shirlaw is a healthy living expert with 10 years of experience in the field of holistic health, wellbeing, and fitness. If you enjoyed this article be sure to pin or share it!|