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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 ageing, nutrition, and disease across the globe, this unique combination of an everyday diet and fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) to be done only 3-4 times per year lays out a simple solution to living to a healthy old age through nutrition.

FMD does away with the misery and starvation most of us experience while fasting and helps you reap all the beneficial health effects of a restrictive diet while avoiding the 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, developed the FMD after making a series of remarkable discoveries in mice and humans indicating that specific diets can activate stem cells and promote regeneration and rejuvenation in multiple organs to reduce the 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 clinically proven to help you:

- Lose weight and reduce abdominal fat
- Make simple changes which can extend the healthy lifespan
- Prevent age-related muscle and bone loss
- Build your resistance to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and cancer

Longo’s healthy, life span-extending plan is based on an easy-to-adopt pescatarian plan along with the fasting-mimicking diet 4 times a year, and 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, and fulfilled life.


Valter Longo is a terrific scientist who writes beautifully and who has an incredibly important message to share. This book is the culmination of many years of work, the product of a real passion to understand the underlying mechanisms behind diet, disease and longevity. What he has already shown through his animal work, and what his human studies are making clear, is that it is possible – through the right diet – to turn back the clock and put ourselves on a healthy road. I hope this book is as widely read as it deserves to be.

Dr Michael Mosley, BBC science journalist and author of The Fast Diet

There is an ever-increasing recognition that diet plays a critical role in lifespan and healthspan. Valter Longo is a pioneer in advancing research in this field. In The Longevity Diet he translates his laboratory expertise into user-friendly tips and tools for improving how we eat, how we age, and how we live.

Pinchas Cohen, M.D., Dean, University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

The health benefits associated with periodic fasting are as striking as they are surprising. Here, Dr. Valter Longo, a recognised leader in the field, embarks on an odyssey through the major chronic diseases that are currently plaguing humanity and shows that they are all modifiable by diets that mimic the fasted state.

Brian Kennedy, Director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing and Professor in Biochemistry and Physiology, National University Singapore

It is a challenge to sort through the plethora of information out there on how to optimise your chances for living a long healthy life. Being one of the leading longevity researchers out there, Dr. Longo has done an exemplary job of consolidating the most current strategies into easy-to-understand principles to follow. I find his research on fasting one of the most fascinating new strategies to improve health and longevity.

Dr. Mercola, Founder of Mercola.com (the most visited natural health site on the internet)

Dr. Longo has put together a flawless formula for a daily diet that optimises the newest and best data available for a healthy brain, body and mind. Safe to say there is probably none better!

Rudolph Tanzi, Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

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    January 22, 2018

    Penguin Life

    320 pages

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    January 22, 2018

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