From starting each day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to eating eggs for breakfast, this seven-day Pioppi diet plan will extend your life by 10 years.
Pioppi, in southern Italy, has been dubbed the ‘world’s healthiest village’, with its residents frequently living 10 years longer than elsewhere to 100 years old.
Despite bacon and chocolate being a staple of their diet, its inhabitants’ love of vegetables, oily fish and nuts is thought to prevent them from developing heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
To adapt the diet of Pioppi, which UNESCO has protected as the home of the Mediterranean diet, into that which suits the average western urban-dweller, cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and former athlete Donal O’Neill have created the below seven-day meal plan.
As well as consuming lots of olive oil for its heart-health benefits, the diet also involves starting each day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, which is thought to aid acid reflux, lower blood pressure and boost weight loss.
The diet also includes eggs most days, which are a good source of protein for keeping hunger pangs at bay. It also recommends intermittent fasting by limiting your ‘eating window’ to just eight-to-nine hours a day. Red wine is permitted providing it is good quality.
In a piece for Get The Gloss, Dr Aseem and Donal feature an extract from their book ‘The Pioppi Diet: A 21-day Lifestyle Plan’ that explains how to incorporate the life-extending plan into your everyday life.