The Pioppi Diet

Could The Pioppi Diet help you lose weight?

Well who doesn’t want to loose weight without going to the gym or sacrificing your nightly indulgence of red wine?  UK Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and author of The Pioppi Diet  claims that you can do just that and make long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes within just 21 days.

Based on the simple lifestyle habits of the Pioppi people (a small village in Southern Italy), the The Pioppi Diet provides a 21 day guide where readers are encouraged to eat as the Pioppi people do. Their lifestyle sees them indulge in a glass of red wine every day with their evening meals, eat desserts only on Sundays and eat pasta as an entree rather than a large serving for a main.

Keeping It Simple

The Pioppi Diet: A 21-Day Lifestyle Plan aims to encourage readers to reconsider some of the longest standing dietary myths, whilst providing a formula to help them slim down, whilst also reducing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cancer, dementia and heart disease.

If you’re not keen to turn your life upside down to lose weight, this book may just be for you. This plan uses simple foods, non-complex “rules” and achievable lifestyle changes.


The Basics

Dr Malhotra says that you should aim to:

  • Eat 3 full meals a day
  • Stop eating when you feel full
  • Include 3-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in your diet each day
  • Have one small handful of nuts each day
  • Ensure that you get 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables each day

Lifestyle Recommendations

I love that Dr Malhotra includes some important lifestyle recommendations that are often neglected in weight loss focused materials.  The Pioppi Diet recommends implementing a number of lifestyle changes which are known to benefit weight loss and improve health and well-being.  Recommendations include getting a good nights sleep (at least seven hours), socializing more and practicing mindful breathing exercises.


I’ve not tried The Pioppi Diet but am keen to hear for you if you have. Share your story in the comment  section below.