Here is yet another study that touts the benefits of dieting, but not in the traditional, self-restricting sort of way. What would you think of dieting a few days a month rather than daily for weeks? Too good to be true? Read on.

Researchers at the University of Southern California started with yeast cultures, then carried their theory to mice, and the next step was looking at the effect of low calories in humans. Now I know what you are thinking; low calorie diets have been published for years, but read on.

What these researchers have done, in reality, is mimic fasting in the body to achieve lowered glucose and insulin levels as well as C reactive protein (CRP) an indicator of heart disease.

Middle aged mice were fed low calorie, low protein twice a month for several months and it resulted in lower visceral fat, better bone density, and increased nerve cells in the brain.

Nineteen adults ate the diet for 5 days a month for 3 months and had lower levels of heart disease indicators.

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