The Daniel Diet/Plan is a detox and weight loss program inspired by the biblical prophet Daniel, and it is meant to mirror the way he lived his life back around 605 BC (Before Christ). A small amount of meat will be allowed on this program, and a very limited amount of any other options except for fruits and veggies will be allowed. Take a look at the approved foods list here. Daniel was a prophet and a slave who rejected the King’s rich food, for vegetables and water. Pastor Rick Warren started this diet when he himself was overweight, and felt he had neglected his health and wellness for far too long. Confessing to the church one Sunday that he had gained about three pounds a year for 30 years, he was ready for a change. That Sunday, he was preaching about Daniel, and his story about health and rejecting the King’s rich foods for a more simple life, and therefore was inspired to create a health plan that would mirror what Daniel’s was. Thousands of people from the church joined the diet, as well as people in 190 countries participating online to try and become more healthy, and pleasing to God.
When looking at their website, there is a contact page, but it is simply an e-mail page where you can e-mail a question in or tell your story for a testimonial. There is no phone number to call when looking into questions or concerns about the program. To help formulate the actual plan, Rick brought onto staff Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Oz. All of the doctor’s claimed to work for free, because they are passionate about turning around the health of people in America. The five essentials to the program are: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.
Does The Daniel Diet Plan Work For Weight Loss?
It is said that the proof of this diet is declared in the scriptures: “In Daniel 1:15-16 The Bible says, “Well, at the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the youths who had been eating the food supplied by the king! So, after that the steward fed them only vegetables and water, without the rich foods and wines!” (TLB)*
You are required to take an Essentials Survey, before starting the diet to see which of the 5 “F’s” you need to focus on the most during this program. The most popular kit purchased is the “Essential Kit” which costs $109.99 plus shipping and handling. In this kit you will receive a getting started guide, a faith small group DVD and study guide, a small food group and study guide, a small fitness group and study guide, and finally a focus and friends small group plus other study guides.
“Really good idea, but if you follow the initial cleanse diet, you will feel like you're starving. Not to mention, the meals in here are pretty involved to cook, and many contain pretty expensive ingredients. Has some good info., but if you have a busy life you're probably better off with a whole 30 plan or something easier.” Asia Wall*
Rachel Floyd* said, “Don't buy this book and expect an easy weight loss plan. This plan is difficult to stick to….very restricting. You have to have the mindset from the start that you are going to do this and you are going to make the changes they say to make in your lifestyle and eating habits. It is a serious commitment. I lost a lot of weight when following this way of eating but I did gain it all back again because I gave up on the restrictions.” She also went onto say, if you are serious and want to change your habits the book will give you the guidance you need for success. If you are on the fence then you will have a hard time sticking to the plan, and it will not be user friendly for you.
Is The Daniel Diet Plan Easy To Follow?
This program is not terrible, and there are good motives behind trying to eat healthier foods as well as fill your life up with basic wellness practices. The diet itself is going to be a challenge to follow however, and it is going to be difficult to conquer alone. This is why many of their programs offer small groups, to add to the motivation and accountability when going through the diet. Anytime you are looking to make a massive lifestyle change, it is not going to be easy so you will need to surround yourself with people who will keep you accountable.
It has been said to be a book that feels good on the surface, but offers no real substance and health advice to those looking to lose weight. There is no real scientific evidence anywhere on the website that breaks down why the program works the way it does. With all of the doctors on the web page, you would think they would give some sort of expectation and reasoning behind why they think the diet will help someone’s health long term. They must just think it is common sense as to why you would lose weight by just looking at the diet plan. Finally, this is a borderline vegan diet, which will be very hard for some people to stick with long term. Not only will you have to change your eating habits, you will also have to learn how to cook new foods and shop for new foods which will require a learning curve and can get pricey.
There have been no real side effects linked with going through the diet, and many people either have been said to love it or absolutely hate it. The company does have a strong social media presence with posts, shares, and followers, which is a positive sign. Rick Warren brought in some heavy hitters with Dr. Oz (who is well known for his ability to popularize any diet that comes out of his mouth) and the other group of well-known doctors. Those names will automatically bring sales to your diet program even if it offers little to no dieting advice. Rick himself is a successful author, and pastor so his ideas of getting the Christian body healthier is not necessarily bad, but the effectiveness of the program itself has been brought into question. The recipes have been said to be someone unrealistic and expensive, which can be a real kicker for most people on a budget. Overall, this program is not dangerous, a scam, or unrealistic but it is not for everyone.
*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary.
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