Researchers in the West seem to come up with a new fad diet almost every couple of months. The latest addition to this large number of fads diets is "5:2 Diet". Many people have tried it and apparently it has a few health benefits unlike the others which do more harm than good to the human body.
What is the 5:2 Diet?
This diet is also called "Intermittent Fasting Diet." Research shows that inermittent days of fasting can help in losing weight. Going hungry once every couple of days helps the human body in burning off excess fat and also help in preventing ageing and diseases like Dementia. The human body has a hormone called IGF1, which helps in growth and development when we are young. But as we grow older this hormone causes ageing, and high levels may even lead to diseases like diabetes and cancer.
So the intermittent fasting diet causes the levels of Hormone IGF1 to fall down, and thus it prevents ageing and diseases like the Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It also shows an increase in the life span of mice by almost 50% ! Researchers believe it may show similar benefits in humans.
On your chosen fasting days, you have to limit yourself to 500 calories if you are female, and 600 if you are male. This quote of calories can be had in one go, or it can be staggered and had in the form of small meals spread throughout the day.
So perhaps the Indian system of fasting on Tuesdays or Mondays or other days of the week has some merit after all? Your grandma would be happy to hear that!