Living long and healthy is its own reward, but keeping track of how can be a lot work.
Thankfully, longevity guru and USC Longevity Institute professor Valter Longo details his practical nutritional guidelines for an extended stay on planet Earth.
Longo’s notoriety came from his studies of fasting and nutrition; he created a model for a restricted diet — high in fat, low in calories, protein and carbohydrates — designed to recreate the effects of fasting on the body, which he claims slows aging.
The guidelines call for a low protein, high in unsaturated fats, pescatarian diet. It’s plant and fish based but recommends only two to three portions fish per week.
Eat twice a day within a 12-hour window — with low calorie, low sugar snacks, vitamins and mineral supplements.
The diet’s ingredients should be based on the dieter’s ancestral origins (Longo suggests sticking to what was on your grand and great-grandparent’s plates).
Longo also recommends doing his five-day “Fasting Mimicking Diet” twice a year, detailing a list of suggested meals and attendant calorie counts for a prolonged and healthier life.