Average Weight Loss: one to two pounds a week
Type of Diet: low-fat, high-fiber, vegetarian diet
This diet may be unsafe for certain individuals.*
About The Diet
This diet plan was created by Dr. Dean Ornish, a well-known cardiologist who used science to create a diet that he claims is able to reverse heart disease.
Dr. Ornish recommends against eating meat (even lean meat) and fish so you may have a hard time sticking to this diet if you are very active, into bodybuilding, or need to eat a lot of protein.
This diet has many of the expected vegetarian diet rules and removes fats and cholesterol and replaces them with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, however, many doctors believe that this diet is too low in fats (Ornish lumps all fats into one group rather than distinguishing between types of fats) to be healthy.
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The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health
By Dean Ornish M.D.
Dr. Dean Ornish revolutionized medicine by directing clinical research proving–for the first time–that heart disease and early-stage prostate cancer may be stopped or even reversed by his program of comprehensive lifestyle changes, without drugs or surgery. His newest research was the first to show that changing your lifestyle changes your genes in men with prostate cancer–“turning on” disease-preventing genes, and “turning off” genes that promote breast cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses, and in only three months. This study documented, also for the first time, that these lifestyle changes may significantly increase an enzyme that lengthens telomeres–the ends of your chromosomes that control how long you live. As your telomeres get longer, your life gets longer. Your genes are not your fate.
Because this diet removes all meat and fish, getting protein and omega-3 is somewhat difficult and this diet may be too low in healthy fats. Please consult your doctor of a registered nutritionist before starting this, or any other diet.