There actually is a diet where you can get all the benefits of fasting without all the hassle and risk of fasting. It is called a Fasting Mimicking Diet and the incredible researchers at the University of Southern California, under the guidance of Valter Longo PhD, developed this protocol and tested it in a clinical trial. What they ultimately found after the 100 accepted participants went on this fasting mimicking diet was that they lost weight, preserved their muscle mass, and maintained healthy levels of metabolic markers (glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, blood pressure, c-reactive protein). This protocol consisted of five days of a scientifically determined ratio of micro- and macronutrients that resulted in the mimicking of the physiology of fasting while eating! This diet was truly food that the body did not sense – it did not activate the nutrient sensing pathways – but it did stimulate fasting.