The Longevity Diet

The Longevity Diet

Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight

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The internationally renowned, clinically tested, revolutionary diet program to lose weight, fight disease, and live a longer, healthier life.

Can what you eat determine how long, and how well, you live? The clinically proven answer is yes, and The Longevity Diet is easier to follow than you'd think. The culmination of 25 years of research on aging, nutrition, and disease across the globe, this unique program lays out a simple solution to living to a healthy old age through nutrition. The key is combining the healthy everyday eating plan the book outlines, with the scientifically engineered fasting-mimicking diet, or FMD; the FMD, done just 3-4 times a year, does away with the misery and starvation most of us experience while fasting, allowing you to reap all the beneficial health effects of a restrictive diet, while avoiding negative stressors, like low energy and sleeplessness. Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at USC and the Program on Longevity and Cancer at IFOM in Milan, designed the FMD after making a series of remarkable discoveries in mice, then in humans, indicating that specific diets can activate stem cells and promote regeneration and rejuvenation in multiple organs to significantly reduce risk for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's, and heart disease. Longo's simple pescatarian daily eating plan and the periodic fasting-mimicking techniques can both yield impressive results. Low in proteins and sugars and rich in healthy fats and plant-based foods, The Longevity Diet is proven to help you:

* Lose weight and reduce abdominal fat
* Extend your healthy lifespan with simple everyday changes
* Prevent age-related muscle and bone loss
* Build your resistance to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and cancer

Longo's healthy, life span-extending program is based on an easy-to-adopt pescatarian plan along with the fasting-mimicking diet no more than 4 times a year, just 5 days at a time. Including 30 easy recipes for an everyday diet based on Longo's five pillars of longevity, The Longevity Diet is the key to living a longer, healthier, more fulfilled life.
Publisher: New York :, Avery,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525534075
Characteristics: xx, 300 pages : illustrations


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Jun 12, 2019

Listened to the author being interviewed at length by Dr. Mark Hyman, another expert in this field. Longo mentioned that there is the danger of gallstone inflammation with time restricted eating,i.e., eating only a certain number of hours in a 24 hour period. Looking at another site (5:2 Fast Diet) there are many postings that state that the 5:2 fast has created gallstone issues, which sound dreadfully painful, and the diet can even cause leaky bile problems. I am a healthy 69, and by calorie restricting (basically, eating 2 meals v. 3 over 10 days) I have shed 3 of the 10 lbs. I want to take off. But I am now concerned about the risk of gallstones.

Nov 28, 2018

This is an excellent book! It is too bad that our health practitioners are not reading this book. Alzheimer, autism, diabetes, cancer and heart disease are exploding. The strategy put forward by the author is very simple. Most North Americans eat way too much sugar and protein in our diets. They are both age accelerators. Just about anything cooked at home is so much better than convenience foods which most North Americans are addicted to.

This was the best part for me. Stem cell research is currently the darling of medical research. The author clearly explains how to activate and regenerate stem cells to slow aging. Grow your own stem cells. What could possibly be more exciting. He is talking about the potential fountain of youth that we are all looking for.

kristina_rad Oct 28, 2018

A well researched book written by a doctor. Great to see nutrition play a key part in the longevity formula and the science to back it up. Whole foods, healthy fats and not eating too much for the win! Absolutely recommend this one and the two-week meal plan in the back for some new meal planning ideas.

Oct 14, 2018

One of the best book written on health of all time.

Mar 31, 2018

Great book. I like that Valter Longo is a scientist and approaches recommendations scientifically, yet he doesn't totally ignore "common sense". For example, he emphasizes that more research is needed before medical protocols can change and he's very careful to point out that we just don't know everything yet. He acknowledges that some fad diets have an expected outcome (like weight loss) but he reminds that the oldest living humans didn't get to old age by way of the fad diet.
Here's a summary (spoiler alert). Don't read more of this review if it will prevent you from reading the full book because, really, you'll want to read it! The book gives scientific rationale and additional specific recommendations during different life phases and different disease conditions.
Essentially, the Longevity Diet is mostly vegan + fish a few times a week. In older age, when growth hormones drop, diet adds more eggs, cheeses and healthy meats. If someone needs to lose weight, about 2 meals per day (breakfast + either lunch or dinner), along with a 100 kcal, <5 g CHO snack should be sufficient. Because the diet is lower in protein, emphasis is made on getting ~30 grams at the same meal so metabolites can be assimilated in an ideal way for lean body mass.
After speaking with your doctor and if not diabetic or on prescription medications: Fast for 5 consecutive days monthly (for weight loss) or at other intervals (ie: twice a year for general health). The FMD mimics a fast without actually refraining from food. It includes 500 calories from veggies + 500 calories from nuts or fats x 1 day. Then 400 calories from veggies and 400 calories from nuts or fats x 4 days. Instructions are given for DIY or you can purchase FMD foods from ProLon; proceeds fund future research.
I'm thankful to have read this library copy! But in this case, I think I may go ahead and buy my own copy too. 100% of book royalties go to support where Longo et al. is trying to figure out how to combine diet and fasting cycles with pharmaceutical interventions (chemotherapy) to cure cancer more effectively and that is an effort worth supporting!!! We need more scientists and doctors looking into this!!!

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