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The Longevity Diet

Can the Longevity Diet help slow the aging process?

When you make food choices, what do you think about—what tastes good, what’s affordable, the calorie count, or the nutritional value? The foods you eat play a big role in your physical and mental health, but also in your longevity. For some people, every food choice is based on a desire to live longer.

In his recent new book The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight, Dr. Valter Longo presents his findings after 25 years of research in the fields of aging, disease, and nutrition. Research from around the world was studied to build a diet program that Dr. Longo claims will lead to live a healthy, long life.

Could it add extra years to your life? Maybe. Read on to learn the basics of the diet made to lead you into your golden years.

The Goals

Why adopt the eating plan of the Longevity Diet? According to Dr. Longo, the right diet and lifestyle can renew stem cells in multiple organs. This slows the aging process so you live a longer, healthier life; reduces normal muscle and bone loss; aids in weight loss; and helps prevent diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease.

The Basis

Multiple mice and monkey studies show an extended lifespan and lowered risk of cancer and heart disease by reducing the amount of calories consumed. Since drastically reducing your calorie intake can be unhealthy and dangerous, the Longevity Diet proposes a periodic fasting-mimicking diet (more on this later) in addition to a healthy, everyday diet. Fasting is viewed as a powerful way to activate cell repair and rejuvenation.

The Foods

So what should you eat to live longer? For health and longevity, the Longevity Diet has you eating a diet rich in a variety of plant-based foods, complex carbohydrates, and unsaturated fats.

The amount of protein you’ll consume is fairly unique with this research-backed diet. Many fad diets are high-protein, but the Longevity Diet is low-protein. With the Longevity Diet, you’ll eat no more than 0.31 to 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. You also have to be picky where to get your protein, as the diet advocates for avoiding animal proteins in cheese, red meat, and poultry. Rather, you should get your protein from fish, nuts, eggs, goat’s milk yogurt, and legumes.

While many popular weight-loss diets demonize carbs, all people groups who live the longest eat high carb diets. Vegetables, whole grains, and legumes contain carbs and they’re all good for you.

The Timing

The timing of when you eat is also important. For maximum results, you need to eat during 12 hours of the day and fast for the other 12. Stretch the eating part to 15 hours and you’re at a greater risk for sleep problems and metabolic disorders. Stretch the fasting portion of the day to more than 12 or 13 hours and other health problems are possible. For example, regularly skipping breakfast increases your risk of heart disease, early death, and weight gain.

The Plan

If you’re trying to lose weight on the Longevity Diet, you should eat breakfast, one other main meal, and one low-calorie, nutrient-rich snack a day. People at a healthy weight can eat three meals a day plus a snack. Eating mostly plant-based foods that are rich in nutrients and high in fiber helps prevent overeating.

The Trick

If you’re healthy and strong, then you need to practice a fasting-mimicking diet at least two times a year for health and longevity. A fasting-mimicking diet lasts five days and requires you to limit your calorie intake from 800 to 1,000 a day. Not a complete fast, it supposedly kills off old cells and regenerates new cells.

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