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By Marlien Wright | 13 May, 2023

Fast Mimicking Diet (FMD)

Have you ever considered doing a fast mimicking diet protocol? Read more below to find out more about the benefits of the FMD protocol, and my personal experience when I recently tried it.

The Fast Mimicking Diet is a way to gain the health benefits of fasting without having to fast for an extended period of time. It involves reducing calorie intake for three to five days each month and then returning to normal eating habits for the rest of the month. This cycle is repeated until the desired health outcomes are achieved. The FMD may be beneficial for improving insulin sensitivity, reversing metabolic disorders, reversing type 1 or 2 diabetes, improving cognitive function, reducing the risk of cancer, slowing down the aging process, and reducing age-related bone loss. The FMD is low in protein and carbohydrates and includes minimal animal products. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting the FMD, and it is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, children, or those with a history of disordered eating. Additionally, the FMD is intended to be done for short periods only and not as a long-term dietary plan.

The benefits of the Fast Mimicking Diet?

• Reverse or assist in reversing type 1 or 2 diabetes
• Improve cognitive function
• Reverse autoimmune disease
• Reduce your risk of cancer
• Slow down the aging process
• Reduce age-related bone loss, and can improve insulin sensitivity and help reverse metabolic disorders

Below the nutritional guidelines of the FMD

  • Stick to low protein and low carbohydrate meals.
  • Minimal animal products are allowed. Note that you could include some bone broth.
  • Protein should come from plant sources.
  • Fats should come from healthy plant sources, such as avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil.
  • Micronutrients are supplemented in the form of sea salt.

Day 1

I felt extremely hungry, but was grateful for the small meals permitted. For breakfast I had half and avocado with a handful of sunflower seeds, some olive oil, salt, lemon juice and wheatgrass powder. Lunch was a cucumber salad with crushed almonds, some olive oil, salt and lemon juice. supper was a spinach, cauliflower, carrot & sunflower seeds soup with lots of spices.

Day 2

Quite a severe headache set in – but dissipated after I had rehydrated properly and had some black tea. My breakfast lunch and supper was the same as day one. I felt lightheaded once or twice, and my hunger levels was quite high.

Day 3

My hunger levels started to drop, and I felt much more mental clarity and focus, I was however feeling lightheaded at times when I stood up. Overall I was feeling fairly well and could continue with work and daily chores as usual.

Breakfast green smoothie with 1 small avocado, 2 tablespoons of wheatgrass and some spinach with water, and lunch was a roasted tomato soup with some walnuts, and supper was a small portion of watery non starchy vegetables stirred with some coconut oil and toasted seeds.

Day 4

I felt quite similar to day 3, I did however feel my energy levels were a bit lower than the day before, and I still enjoyed more mental clarity and better focus. Meals were the same as day 3.

Day 5

I had a very similar day as day four, hunger levels were lower, and my energy levels were the same as day 4. I had the same breakfast as day 4, and the leftover starry and seeds for lunch. Supper was a curried cauliflower and coconut soup with a handful of nuts on the side.

On day 6 when I returned to my normal diet, I felt absolutely great. My energy returned in full force and I could feel my waist had shrunk, my eyes and skin look clear and healthy, and I experienced the continued mental clarity and focus. I would most definitely do this protocol again as I can feel the benefits a month later in regards to the strength of my immune system, and in general with my digestive system that feels rebooted. I also love that it is an anti-aging booster and that it can reboot your entire body. This protocol is often followed over the course of 3 months for 5 days in each month. As a women, I felt intuitively I should follow the fast directly after my menstrual cycle was completed as that is the time during my cycle when I feel most energised and my appetite is naturally lower.

I hope this article has been helpful. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or would like to share your experience on the FMD protocol.

in service to your radiant well+being

Marlien x

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