The Pioppi Diet: A Healthcare Manifesto

Proportion of disease caused globally by key causes of ill-health

Poor diet 34,6%
Tobacco 6,5%
Alcohol 5,5%
Physical Inactivity 3,1%


Source: Prof Simon Capewell, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Liverpool, analysis of Lancet global burden of disease report

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Dr Malhotra’s eight steps to get Pioppi-ing

  • Don’t fear fat

    Sugar and refined carbs are the enemy.

  • Keep moving

    Exercise for health not weight loss (and walking is best)

  • Extra virgin olive oil is medicine

    As is a small handful of nuts – eat both, every day

  • Sleep well

    Get seven hours of sleep a night

  • Fast once a week for 24 hours

    Have dinner, then don’t have breakfast or lunch the next day

  • Stop counting calories

    Not all are created equal

  • The veggie option

    Have two portions of veg in at least two meals a day

  • Eat 10 eggs a week

    They’re satiating and full of protein