The Pritikin Diet has been around since the 1970s. Starting with the first Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Barbara, California in 1976, Nathan Pritikin, the center’s founder, developed a diet low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates for participants to follow. One of the earliest widely promoted “low-fat” diets, the Pritikin diet continues to promise weight loss, cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering benefits, decreased blood pressure and overall wellness.
Since the early 1970s when Nathan Pritikin developed the Pritikin Program, his centers have incorporated scientific findings and encouraged ongoing research into the benefits for followers of the diet. After two-and-a-half decades, over 65 clinical studies have been published evaluating the Pritikin Program in such respected medical journals as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Considered innovative and cutting-edge at its inception, the Pritikin Program encompasses two components key to achieving health benefits and weight loss – diet and exercise. The American public is now well-familiar with the combination of diet and exercise in most weight-loss programs today.
As the first Pritikin Longevity Center outgrew its facilities in Santa Barbara due to its increasing popularity, the Pritikin Longevity Center moved to Santa Monica, where it continues to be located and added another center in Aventura, Florida. Today, Nathan Pritikin’s son, Robert, directs the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, continuing the work of his father. Today, the diet is called the Pritikin Lifetime Eating Plan, but largely emphasizes the very same combination of a very low-fat diet combined with exercise - a program he promises in his book is made even easier.