The celebrated cardiologist wants you to go for veggies, and get exercise every day.
Dr. Dean Ornish is a celebrated cardiologist who has written two books about losing weight - Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Eat More, Weigh Less. His diet strategy originally began as a treatment plan for heart patients who desperately needed to get their dieting habits on a healthier track. The results were both lowered cholesterol and a healthier heart, but also weight loss. In these books he makes his findings available to you.
The Ornish Diet is vegetarian. Ornish concentrates on removing fats and cholesterol from your diet by consuming mostly whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. In Eat More, Weigh Less, Ornish explains that the average American diet looks like this - 40% fat, 20% protein and 40% carbs. The Ornish plan recommends 10% fat, 20% protein and 70% carbs.
You'll also be encouraged to just get up and move. Exercise is important if you plan on losing the weight and keeping off, as this plan claims to do.
- Consume whole, organic foods
- Promotes daily exercise
- No calorie counting
- Eat only when you're hungry
- Book provides hundreds of recipes
- Enjoy carbs
- Strict diet
- Give up a lot of favorites- alcohol, meat, sweets
- Nearly an all-vegetarian diet
- Miss nutrients from meat and especially fish
- Difficult to eat out
Dr. Ornish prescribes a program that allows you to eat all the food you want, whenever you want (as long as you're hungry) and watch the pounds drop. Best of all, he says that sticking to the rules means you'll keep it off.
There are three categories that foods can be assigned to. Eating what you're supposed to here will help ensure success:
- Eat Freely
- Eat Moderately
- Banned Food
Ornish's diet is almost completely vegetarian. Meat and fish are strictly limited, as are most animal fats. Dairy can be consumed in moderation, as long as it is no-fat, and an occassional egg white is permissable. You'll eat a lot of complex carbs- legumes (beans, peas), whole grains, fruits and some dairy. You are absolutely not allowed simple carbs- alcohol, sugar and honey.
Ornish's book comes with about 250 recipes. You're probably curious how a vegetarian diet rich in grains and fruit can be satisfying. Here are a few examples of the delicious and easy to prepare meals:
- Black Bean Burritos
- Rice Pilaf with Saffron Peppers
- Eggplant Lasagna
- Wild Mushroom Pizza
- Oatmeal with Raisins and Cinnamon
- Buckwheat Pancakes
- Baked Bananas
- Apple Cider Sherbet
- Peach Bread Pudding
You won't get to take this diet sitting down. Ornish instructs that some form of moderate exercise will need to be a part of your daily routine. How you reach that goal is up to you, just get up and move. Moderate exercise can be a brisk walk lasting 30-60 minutes, light weight training, low-impact aerobics or even stair climbing.CONCLUSION
Any diet that strictly excludes any single group of food is concerning. There are nutrients in all foods that your body depends on. Think all things in moderation. However, The Ornish Diet isn't one to skip over. Dr. Ornish is an expert in his field and his methods have been proven with both heart and weight loss patients alike. Critics slam Ornish for the near removal of meat and fish, especially the latter as it provides important Omega-3 Fatty Acids. A vegetarian lifestyle isn't for everyone, but some health conditions could dictate a need to make that change. Exercise should be an important part of any diet or lifestyle and Ornish has not overlooked this. If you're willing to make the sacrifices to give up what could be some of your favorite foods, then Ornish says you can achieve your goals.Common Misspellings
Ormish Diet, Amish Diet, Orish Diet, Deen Ornish, Omish Diet
The Ornish Diet was developed by Dean Ornish M.D. and first detailed in his book ''Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease.'' It is a diet that is specifically formulated to reverse heart disease but has recently been used as a weight-loss program. This vegetarian diet emphasizes low-fat, filling foods, including legumes and other high-fiber choices.