Our culture can be rather ironic. We knowingly stuff ourselves in the festive break, only to draw up a plan to shed the pounds added by our festive-binge. Choosing the right diet plan can be tricky and laborious; and let’s face it, most tend to ‘stuff it’ just days in.
So why not try something different this year? Ditch those faddy diets and take up walking. That’s the new year health advice from one leading heart doctor.
Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra recommends eating a balanced diet of plenty of vegetables, fish, dairy and healthy fats.
There’s no need to sign up to a gym. Maintain fitness with lots of brisk walking, says the top doctor.
Cutting sugar and refined carbohydrates, like cakes, pasta and pizzas, is also key to good health.
His findings are detailed in his book The Pioppi Diet, which promises to increase longevity by 10 years.
Dr Malhotra said: “It is clear that diet and lifestyle are far more powerful than drugs or taking to the gym.
“Lifestyle changes such as consuming less sugar are more powerful than any medication doctors can prescribe. You cannot outrun a bad diet – this should be what doctors are advising their patients. Eating junk food and then trying to beat the bulge with heavy workouts is a waste of time.”
Enjoying dark chocolate and a glass of wine in moderation, however, would be beneficial to health, said Dr Malhotra.
Dr Malhotra is also a founding member of Action on Sugar, a pressure group run by senior doctors.
He says following his diet and lifestyle techniques can transform a person’s health in just 21 days, reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes and increasing longevity.
His work is largely based on the study of the inhabitants of Pioppi, a fishing village in Italy. In Pioppi, the average age is almost 90 and only a small minority suffer conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
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