The Daniel Plan: A Diet for the Mind, Body and Spirit

Get Pastor Rick Warren's plan that combines spirituality, community support and science to create lasting weight loss.

The Daniel Plan: A Diet for the Mind, Body and Spirit

With the help of metabolic expert Dr. Mark Hyman and brain specialist Dr. Daniel Amen, Pastor Rick Warren is waging a holy war on fat. They've developed a comprehensive plan that combines spirituality, community support and science to create lasting weight loss. Learn the basics of this breakthrough plan!

Step 3: Make Protein a Side Dish


When it comes to protein on the Daniel Plan, start thinking of it as a side dish. When you're only eating a small serving of protein with every meal, you can focus on quality: fresh fish, whole eggs, organic chicken. Eating the right amount of protein will help regulate blood sugar, build muscle and balance brain chemistry.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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