The book, Beyond the 120 Year Diet, is Dr. Roy Walford’s spin about the potential ability of humans to age well into the hundreds, if the right kind of food and exercise is maintained. At the very least, this is supposed to extend the number of years a person has by simply following this diet. Amazingly, not only is the diet designed to increase longevity, it can even help individuals who have to contend with family histories of deadly diseases like breast cancer.
The diet is based on the principle of low calorie intake coupled with high-nutrient foods. By following this principle, the individual is well on his or her way to an active long life while losing weight can be naturally achieved. Dr. Walford also advises in his book that losing weight should not be drastic. It has to be done slowly so that the calorie restriction can also do its job when it comes to adding numbers to an individual’s lifespan.
Foods to Include
The diet is heavy on fresh fruits, vegetables, and other sources of nutrient-rich foods including apple, banana, watermelon, raspberry, strawberry, papaya, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, kale, oatmeal, low fat yogurt, eggs, turkey, whole wheat bread, salmon, olive oil, red wine, and others.
Sample Meal Plan
Quinoa and vegetable salad with low fat yogurt
Salmon with steamed broccoli and parsley
The diet stresses the need of exercise as an indispensable requirement in prolonging a person’s life. However, the book does not provide specific workout programs. It advises, though, that the best kind of workout should be able to develop stamina as well as tone the muscles. Maintaining or developing flexibility should also be taken into account when considering an exercise regimen.
- The book is backed by scientific research and personal expertise.
- If strictly followed, it has a really good chance of arresting the development and reversal of coronary heart disease and high blood pressure.
- The book has very specific meal plans and recipes.
- It is almost a 100% guarantee that dieters can naturally lose weight and manage it.
- Requires additional time invested in the kitchen.
- If fiber is not sufficient, dieters are definitely going to experience hunger pangs, which may lead to extra meals.
- Calorie counting is a must since the diet depends so much on calorie restriction.
- There are very specific and strict rules to be followed in order for the diet to work as expected.
The book is perhaps one of the best on the market in explaining calorie restriction as being essential in losing weight and in enhancing longevity. It also includes the possible risks when low calorie is not compensated by foods with high fiber and eaten in high volume. Dr. Walford suggests frequent communication between a doctor when doing low-calorie diets for safety.
Overall, any diet that can reverse the development of several deadly diseases and reduce the risk of developing others is definitely worth a try.