The 5-Day Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD): My DIY Version – Day 4

Day 4 report: My best day yet! No headache, no hunger, and ketones in the “small” range all day. I explain why you see me eating butternut squash every day. Hint: it has to do with its high carb, low protein content, and the fact that the FMD is super low in protein, allowing only 9% of daily calories to come from (plant) protein.

I look at the connection between protein and the rise of IGF-1, and the research on longevity and the Blue Zones around the world, as well as the carb and protein intake of those healthy centenarians. And I report on the findings of a survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) that suggests that higher protein intake may correlate with significantly higher mortality from cancer and metabolic diseases.

Day 4 dinner: hearty butternut squash and potato hash with kale and a cucumber dill salad.