A diet based on simple Italian country food consisting mainly of pasta, bread, olive oil, plenty of fruit and green vegetables, small amounts of meat (mainly poultry and fish), helped down with moderate amounts of red wine. The diet has been popularized in a book (The Italian football diet and fitness programme, written by Jane Nottage and Dr Claudio Bartolini and published by Thorsons in 1993). It has been endorsed by Beppe Signori, a striker for the Italian national football team. The diet is designed to provide ample energy (as much as 4000 calories a day are needed by professional footballers) and all the essential nutrients needed for an active lifestyle. It is especially high in carbohydrates and vitamins, but low in saturated fats. See also Mediterranean diet.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.