The Mount Athos Diet

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  • Could an ancient diet help you to slim down?

    Perched atop a rugged coastline on a small Greek island sits one of the world’s healthiest communities – the Mount Athos monks.

    They have followed the same routine inside the monasteries that scatter the island for thousands of years. And, as the authors of The Mount Athos Diet (Richard Storey, Sue Tood and Lottie Storey, £10.99; Vermilion) explain ‘the monks live very long lives, largely free of cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s…Their way of eating also carries with it an enticing by-product: natural weight loss’. They also live an average of 10 years longer than the average Greek! So perhaps it’s no surprise that the wider world now wants to know their secret.

    The authors behind the Mount Athos Diet are quick to point out that this routine is ‘a way of life’ for the monks, which forms part of their religious observance.

    ‘They don’t count calories’, they say. ‘Nor do they suffer any deprivation commonly associated with the ‘fad’ diets of the western world.’

    ‘They eat good food and drink good wine, and by following age-old principles of using wholesome ingredients, eating in moderation and exercising regularly, they are amongst the fittest and healthiest people on earth.’

    Sounds like a pretty good life to us! But for those of us who don’t have the desire to become a monk on a mountaintop, what can we do to emulate this healthy lifestyle?

    Well, it turns out that there’s no need to move to the Med and devote yourself to a religious life in order to live like the Mount Athos Monks. New book, The Mount Athos Diet, is here to show you how to eat and be healthier, without counting calories.

    Discover out how this no-calorie counting regime can help you look and feel great…

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