The Daniel Diet: Bible-Based Weight Loss

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  • The Daniel Diet: Bible-Based Weight Loss 

    Years ago, comedian Flip Wilson hosted a popular prime time variety show. One of the characters he created was Geraldine, a rather hapless woman who constantly surrendered to temptation. The rationale for her poor willpower was that the devil made her do it. The devil is a pretty influential guy, at least in Geraldine’s world, but his influence is hardly absolute. Apparently Daniel has some juice of his own, as well as a better cause to apply it to.

    The Book of Daniel

    The Book of Daniel was written in about 530 B.C. and records the Babylonian captivity in 560-536 B.C. It relates apocalyptic visions given by God as well as plans for the future of everyone. The book is meant to give an account of how God provided for His followers while they were in captivity. 

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    Daniel was prominent enough that he actually survived the lion’s den due to the courtesy of friends in high places.

    There are two references in the Book of Daniel from which the Daniel diet, or Daniel fast, is based. In chapter 1, Daniel relates how he and three friends ate only vegetables and drank only water for a 10-day period and appeared healthier than those who ate the rich foods from the royal table. 

    Daniel fasts again in chapter ten, avoiding meat and wine. Hence, the footprint for the Daniel diet.

    The Daniel Diet Plan

    The Daniel Plan was developed by California pastor Rick Warren, Mark Hyman, Daniel Amen, and Mehmet Oz. The diet mainly consists of fresh, organic and unprocessed foods. Meals are mostly made up of fruits and vegetables--with just a little meat. There is also an emphasis on coldwater fish, such as salmon, halibut, and black cod because of the omega-3 essential fatty acids they contain. 

    The plan also recommends avoiding processed foods for life because they contain ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial sweeteners and fat substitutes. Endorsed foods are omega-3 eggs, legumes, slow burning low-glycemic veggies, peaches, plums, pears and apples, organic poultry, and organic beef or lamb. As was mentioned, meat is economic on this diet so the suggested amount of beef and lamb is four to six ounces no more than two times per week.

    More Than What We Eat

    The Daniel Plan is more than just dieting though. Exercise and group support are also part of the agenda.

    Burst training is the selected mode of exercise. Participants engage in 60 seconds of high intensity exertion and follow up with a few minutes of lower intensity exertion. The exercise extends from 30 to 45 minutes.

    There is evidence to support the contention that group support improves success ratio for people who are dieting or trying to modify behaviors. Jessica Bennett of Vanderbilt Medical Center does warn that strict versions of the Daniel Diet can sometimes be frustrating but adds that the group support can help address this.

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Published On: May 03, 2014