Lately, it seems the concept of 'fasting' has been spreading like wildfire. Many people have either completed a fast or are thinking about trying one. Fasting is a hot topic because of the implications on improving health. Losing weight, improving metabolic health markers and longevity are some of these benefits. Fasting, if done correctly, can be a great tool to use. What is fasting? Fasting is simply abstaining from food and beverage for a specific period of time. After a 24 hour fast, certain cellular pathways communicate to our bodies that we are fasting. Once this pathway is triggered, cellular optimization begins. There are many ways to fast: water fasting, intermittent fasting (most popular), time-restricted feeding and the fasting mimicking diet (prolonged fasting). The Fasting Mimicking Diet was developed by a team at the University of Southern California and involves 5 consecutive days of fasting with food once per month, for three months. It is a plant-based and natural diet that is backed by the National Institute of Health. Benefits of Fasting: Weight loss, reduced abdominal fat; maintain lean body mass Shown to support overall metabolic health: cholesterol, fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, lean body mass protection Supports cell regeneration and increased stem cell circulation Impacts markers associated with longevity and health span Join the Club Nutrition team on June 11 at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to see whether a fasting program is a good fit for you! If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can't make it to the seminars on June 11, stop by the Results Center across from Center Court Café for more information.