Ranulph Fiennes, who holds the record for the longest unsupported
polar journey and completed the first unsupported crossing of
the Antartic continent, has just published a book with Little
Brown Press called Fit for Life.
Fiennes justifyably criticises the diet of the West, where 40%
of calorific intake comes from fat, contributing to heart disease
and bad health. Fiennes cites that 65% of Americans are overweight
and 44% are clinically obese.His remedy and recipe for long life
and fitness includes adhering to an eight hour cycle, whereby
one eats drinks and digests from 12 noon to 8pm, assimilates the
energy into the body from 8pm to 4 am The body then disposes of
waste between 4 am and midday. Fiennes advocates the mediterranean
diet pyramid and suggest one to two glasses of wine per day as
an antioxidant, to help prevent heart disease and blood clotting.
He claims wine should be taken before the meal rather than as
an accompaniment. He quotes the age old reputation of the Tokaj
Aszu wines of Hungary over their remarkable reputation for helping
to remedy a variety of illnesses for over 300 years.
For those who seek ultra-fitness and still enjoy food and drink
'Fit for Life' is a sound, if daunting guide.
Fit for Life is published by Little,Brown and Company, Brettenham
House, Lancaster Place London WC2E 7EN