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The Longevity Diet

Written by: Valter Longo PhD
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook outlines, with the scientifically engineered fasting-mimicking diet, or FMD; the FMD, done just three to four 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 life-span with simple everyday changes,
  • Prevent age-related muscle and bone loss, and
  • 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 four times a year, just five 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.

©2018 Blackstone Publishing (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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don't listen while tired

I understand there is a lot of science that went behind creating this book. But, the narrators voice does nothing to keep the listener engaged. Sad, because I am sure it is worth pushing threw to get the information, but many will not.

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The often repeated “permission from your doctor” is off-putting

I have heard Dr Longo speak in interviews and was compelled to learn more about his research. People who read books like this are generally the type to take control of their own health and/or have nothing left to lose. The constant “only with the permission from your doctor” repeated in many sections of the book is therefore very offputting for what could be a very empowering strategy for many diseases. The mere mention of any nutritional, fasting or lifestyle approach with any of my doctors is very quickly dismissed or ridiculed even with supporting research. I imagine this is the case for most people or they wouldn’t be looking at books like this. So, I have rated this book 4 stars because the science and research is fantastic but the only permission that is needed for any medical intervention with me is my own. Advice, research, new ideas and partnership, however, is absolutely welcome!

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lots of science, slow narration

There is so much valuable information in this book - I wish everyone would read it! It is incredible information. The narration is incredibly slow and I increased the speed to 1.5 which meant it was read at a more normal speed.

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An actual nutrition book

Of all the diet and nutrition books out there, this is one of the best. I've followed Dr. Longo's research for awhile so when I heard that he had written a book based on his and his peer's research I was excited. I wasn't disappointed. This book explores the science behind his and other longevity researcher's claims and also has practical advice and protocols for everyone. I have already purchased this book for several family members who have MS and they are starting to feel a difference after adopting the outlined protocol for MS patients.

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must read if you value your health,

i loved this book, the information given and knowledge that Dr. Longo presented throughout has transformed the way i look at food . just finished his 5 day fmd and feel incredible. will definitely do this type of dast for the rest of my life.

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A complex scientific subject well explained.

This was a very interesting book that explained the subject of longevity in a straightforward manner and was not bogged down in overly complex jargon. Combine this reading with the many online lectures and guest appearances by Dr Luongo and you'll have a comprehensive grasp of the subject.

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Amazing!!

This was an eye opening book! Facts based on evidence to show why and what we should be eating. Currently looking for more books by this author. 😊

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A must!

Extremely interesting. I read many other articles on the subject and they all seem to have the same conclusion. The BlueZone by National Geographic is one of them.
It should be taught at the earliest stage of education and reminded throughout High School and College.
Thank you for a great work!

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Excelent book and practical knowledge

This book presents the result o so much work and amazing depth.
This is one of the most important books about nutrition I've ever read.
Another one that I advice reading is How Not to Die.
With those two books you have enough to be the healthiest you can be through nutrition.

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Informative

Some things I knew and already practiced (time restricted eating) and some I'm interested in trying out

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  • Mr. Mod
  • Chicago, IL United States
  • 2018-08-30

No Diet Details Revealed

This book is about the results of the Longevity Diet and the Fasting Mimicking Diet. No specific diets are given other than generalities. The book promotes a product called Prolon and suggests that people will hurt themselves if they do not take the diet under medical supervision or pay $675 per year for Prolon. The author states he makes no money from Prolon. Ok, that's fine, but I also believe that knowledgeable people can figure out how to do the diet using natural foods on their own without a Dr.

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  • Alex V. Landing
  • Parkville, MD USA
  • 2018-11-24

A big disappointment, a drawn out advertisement

The short version. Eat a vegan Mediterranean diet and BUY MY PRODUCT! . . . And ignore my obvious biases or contradictions.

I've watched Dr. Longo in countless interviews and documentaries touting his copyrighted FMD plan many times. I thought perhaps he may finally give a better explanation of it for people to put to use, or understand the mechanisms though I was quite skeptical. But sadly no he doesn't, actually quite the opposite. Chapter six which is the real crux of his whole push, the fasting mimicking diet(FMD), he literally gives out the web address where your should go so your doctor can prescribe his prolon product to you. He even follows his horrible plug with a classic advertising "or else" threatening hurting yourself doing it on your own. He points out that all proceeds go to charity and he makes no income off the proceeds. This of course doesn't help the countless patients that don't have the money or insurance to spend in the first place. It's become quite tiresome to hear Dr. Longo reference how fasting has been a part of human history and religion for thousands of years, including water only fasting, then go on to say but you can't do that on your own so buy my product because it gives you just enough nutrients to not ... uh hurt yourself? This idea that individuals without pre-existing conditions are incapable of water fasting for 4-5 days without spending thousands of dollars at a clinic is absurd. Especially after explaining that humans have been doing it forever.

While I understand all too well that fasting is difficult the idea that it's just not possible for people to do it anymore is incorrect. The real problem for modern medicine is it's free and your can't sell it. Check out Dr. Jason Fung's book a guide to fasting for a much better explanation and straight forward walk through. The first bit of chapter six, I went back to make sure I heard it right, says basically the whole reason he developed the FMD was because 100 people said it was too hard to water fast. He of course spends the rest of the book telling people not to eat animal products besides fish unless your over 70. If they had a problem just having water for three days I wonder how this other recommendation would be received. Estimated world vegetarian population is less than 500 million out of 7+ billion.

The rest of the book is more a biography of Dr. Longo's life, work history and traveling destinations. With a portion set aside for praising the Mediterranean diet and explaining that a vegan version with dashes of fish is basically recommended longevity diet. There are separate chapters on recommendations for action for various medical conditions. Which of course reference back and say check out chapter 6 again, yeah the one with the advertisement. I guess the editor thought maybe putting the plug in every chapter went too far.

It almost became comical between the ads and contradictions. There is a long explanation of why terms like "intermittent fasting," "Mediterranean diet" and "moderate" are too general and need to be more specific. Of course when laying out the longevity diet I lost count how many times the same broad terms were used making it practically useless.

Save your money and check out his interviews on YouTube or podcasts, nothing new to see here. If you do buy it be sure to download the PDF. The 100+ page document has some graphs that are easier to see them rather than listen to them described. Again if your interested in more utilitarian fasting information look up Dr Fungs guide to fasting.

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  • Eric A. Tisdale
  • Kentucky
  • 2018-03-21

Science-based. Very intriguing.

What made the experience of listening to The Longevity Diet the most enjoyable?

The humor and realness that Dr. Longo brings to a very scientific subject. I also liked his frankness about his own potential bias's.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longevity Diet?

The animal studies that prove his theories.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too much info for a single reading. Best to take in over several days.

Any additional comments?

Will be one of my recommended books to anyone truly interested in seeking their best health.

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  • Dan Duncavage
  • 2018-03-29

Fascinating, but with confirmation bias

This was a fascinating book, and I am going to try it’s recommendations. In every facet of nutrition research, controversies and conflicting evidence abound and this book is no different.

The central idea, however, is amazing and obviously very well documented. I would love to watch a debate between him and the authors of The Perfect Health Diet. There are some very distinct diametrically opposed evidence and conclusions in the two books.

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  • cristi
  • 2018-03-28

Well researched and informative

Very intetesting book about the diet that has been shown to lead to longevity. Good reasearch. on fasting mimicking diet.

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  • david m patterson
  • 2019-07-09

what a waste ..

oddest book yet, keeps talking a great build up and never delivers.. no diet plans at all...

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  • CaffeineCat
  • 2019-06-13

Very long advertisement.

They give a hint about diet but you have to buy their product to do it. Wasted my time on this book luckily it was a free bonus book.
Sad but true!

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  • kkkms
  • 2018-10-05

Book does NOT lend itself to Audio Format

The materials are very good. the problem is, this is NOT a great audio book. There are many photos, charts and graphs that are referred to, you need to see them. I recommend you buy this as a book or ebook instead.

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  • J Hunter
  • Silicon Valley CA USA
  • 2018-05-13

Easy read, straight forward information

Ties diet, fasting, exercise and more together in a simple formula for health and longevity.

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  • John Adair
  • 2018-05-12

Game changer

Outstanding. Thank you Dr. Longo. I have started to implement the FMD protocols and I have already noticed improvement. Thank you for scientifically sound research. You have given a great gift to your fellow man.

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