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The Ornish Diet

THE ORNISH DIET

On the Ornish diet you eat mostly fruits, vegetables, and grains and very little fat.  However, the diet can vary as there are slight variations within this diet though it is mainly vegetarian.  It is thought that when done with exercise and stress relieving activities this diet will help you lose weight and make you healthier.  The Ornish diet excludes meat, oil, products containing oil, full-fat dairy and sugar.  This may seem like a lot of foods are excluded but there are many different and delicious Ornish diet recipes online.  The diet is not recommended for children, teenagers, pregnant women or mothers who are nursing.

PROS

Proven weight-loss:  Many studies have been done on the Ornish diet and there is much evidence that it helps weight loss and also shows that many who follow the diet maintain a lower weight.

Maintains heart health: The foods included in the diet are much better for your heart and when coupled with exercise the risk of heart disease is reduced.

Less stress:  Part of following this diet is that it recommends doing something that reduces stress levels while eating healthier.  This may involve yoga or meditation but it can be something a lot simpler like spending time with your loved ones.

You can still have alcohol:  The diet does not exclude alcohol as long as you only have it in moderation.

There are different levels of the diet:  The diet groups foods into five groups with group one being the most healthy.  You can choose which group/s your food comes from and the groups makes it easy to find alternatives for unhealthy foods you usually eat.

Less chance of feeling hungry:  The Ornish diet encourages you to eat as much as you want until you feel full.  Just ensure that you are eating the recommended healthy foods.

CONS

Exercise is part of the diet:  To achieve the best results for weight loss as well as for your health it is recommended that you exercise while on this diet.  It is suggested that you exercise for 30 minutes five times a week or 60 minutes three times a week.

Meals have to be planned:  If those following the Ornish diet don’t carefully plan their meals, there is a danger that they will not get all the recommended calories they need each day as well as certain nutrients and vitamins.

Some find this diet hard to stick to:  If you are used to eating meat or foods that are high in fat you may find this diet very restrictive and hard to follow in the long term.

Conclusion: The Ornish diet is vegetarian but this is not restrictive as it initially seems.  Also the amount of food you eat on the Ornish diet is not restricted so you can eat until you feel full.  It is a great diet for weight-loss and promotes a healthy life-style.