I’ve wanted to interview Dr. Valter Longo for years, and today I finally get to! In this episode, we explore all things fasting — one of my favorite health topics — and especially the fasting mimicking diet, a precise system of fasting that he invented. In fact, his diet was granted one of the only patents in healthcare on promoting longevity and healthspan as well as treating diabetes.
Dr. Longo received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1997 and his postdoctoral training in the Neurobiology of Aging and Alzheimer’s Diseases at USC. He currently is the director of the Longevity Institute and professor of gerontology and biological sciences at the University of Southern California. He has made tremendous contributions in research related to longevity, aging, fasting, and metabolic disease. TIME Magazine has called him the Longevity Guru and named him one of the top 50 influential people in health, and I agree!
Episode Highlights With Valter Longo
- What we mean when we talk about fasting, and the different types
- Why a lengthy water fast may not be the most effective way to fast (and can in fact be dangerous)
- How fasting protects normal cells from cancer
- What recent research shows about using chemotherapy and the fasting mimicking diet together as cancer treatment
- The best amount of protein to eat each day for longevity
- How Dr. Longo defines healthspan (and why it’s disappearing)
- Simple changes to make to what you eat and when that will make a big difference in weight and overall health
- Why to try a fasting mimicking diet (and how often)
- And more!
Resources We Mention
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