The Five Pillars of Longevity and the Fasting Mimicking Diet

The Five Pillars of Longevity and the Fasting Mimicking Diet

Longevity, everyone wants it, but how do you get it?

Professor Valter Longo has led one of the most important studies on longevity based on nutrition. This is how he has identified the five pillars that enable the foundation of the bases for a long life, and from which were issued the studies that led to that the fasting mimicking diet®.

Professor. Valter Longo and his team’s studies are at the origin of the meal program of the that the fasting mimicking diet, the result of more than 10 years of scientific research, conducted at the University of Southern California’s  Longevity Institute and School of Medicine, one of the world’s leading centres for studies on aging and longevity.

The research results above mentioned have been published in the world’s most influential scientific journals.

Let’s discover the origins:

First pillar:

Understanding the interaction between cells and different nutrients, how some of them affect cell functioning.

Second pillar:

Through epidemiology, a discipline studying the cause of disease in populations, the diet turns out to be a factor having a significant impact on the functioning of metabolism.

Third pillar:

The demonstration that dietary style may subsequently have an impact on health has been shown by randomized clinical trials.

Fourth pillar:

Based on the study of the centenarians, always relatively to an eating behaviour adopted by the most long-lived people in the world, with a link between genetics and lifestyle.

Fifth pillar:

It consists in the study of complex systems allowing the analysis and understanding of the human organism complexity by simplifying it through models that are more intuitive. Therefore, it is possible to conclude that the prevention of a chronic pathology through food and diet has become possible.

Article written by: Francesca Florenzo


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Eat less, live longer: the diet that holds the key to staying young – The Times

“After 30 years of research, Professor Valter Longo believes he has created a diet that could help you live to 100.”

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Fasting Transformed me after medicine failed – Jenni Russell in The Times

This free, simple therapy has changed my life. Could it be the panacea to transform the NHS? In the last ten months my life has been transformed. I didn’t write a book, move house, have children, find a faith or change my job. Instead…

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It’s worth going hungry for a healthier life – The Times

“Weight loss is only one of its possible effects. It improves that body’s function at a cellular level, reducing inflammation, replacing damaged DNA, regenerating the immune system and reducing the likelihood of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes and age-related illnesses.”

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The mimicking diet that really does work – The Telegraph

“Particularly pleasing was the consistency: pounds that came off in the first fast stayed off even when I ate normally. Another benefit was that my appetite shrank and stayed that way. Six weeks on, the weight has not crept back and I am more motivated to eat in a mindful way.”

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Diets that promise easy ways to lose weight and treatments to get your neck into shape are put to the test – The Sun

“FIVE DAY MIRACLE: The best diet I’ve ever done –and I’ve done a lot. The “fast-mimicking” ProLon plan (€199.00) launches this week. You get by on 800 calories for five days, eating thinks like kale biscuits, soups, nuts and choc bars. I shifted weight I’ve tried to ditch for a year – and two months later, I’ve kept it off.”

Written by Jane Atkinson, Features Editor, The Sun on 3rd September 2017

Why we’ve all been doing the Fast Diet Wrong – The Telegraph

“A trial of 19 humans placed on the FMD once a month for five days showed decreased risk factors and biomarkers for aging, diabetes, cancer and heart disease with no major adverse side effects.”

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Time to FAST track your diet? – Daily Mail

“But it is the type of fat that fasting targets – the visceral fat around the middle – that gives it the advantage over other regimes.”

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Is fasting a free health fix? – or is it just a fad? – The Guardian

“Valter Longo is a scientist at the University of Southern California who believes that, because of this process, periodic fasting can help people stay healthy. Faulty immune cells, for instance, could be pruned back so that when a person starts to feed again, new cells are spawned from only the strongest and the fittest”

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Reboot your health and drop weight with this simple five-day fast – Irish Examiner

“And now his research has come up trumps with a far more convenient fasting diet, one that works as well as the weekly version, but that requires you to cut your calorie intake for only five consecutive days yet lose up to half a stone in the process”

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