The Longevity Diet

The Longevity Diet

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

Book - 2018
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Valter Longo developed fast-mimicking diet (FMD) - a simple daily eating plan and periodic, fast-mimicking techniques that yield the same age-defying results as more rigorous, traditional fasting plans. Low in protein and sugars and rich in healthy fats and plant-based foods, Longo's life-extending plan is based on an easy-to-adopt pescatarian diet along with the FMD. Including 30 easy recipes for an everyday diet and the FMD plan. Print run 75,000.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House,, 2018
ISBN: 9780525534075
Branch Call Number: 613.25 LON 2018
Characteristics: 300 pages : illustrations


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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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