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!

Who Is Daniel?


In the Old Testament, before he faces the fiery furnace and the lion’s den, Daniel's resistance to the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar begins by refusing to eat the king's lavish meals and opting to eat vegetables instead. After the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and abducted young Israelites like Daniel to serve the king, it was expected that they would adhere to all the king's customs. However, Daniel was concerned about his health and challenged the king. After a 10-day trail, Daniel and his friends are prove to be healthier than the men in Nebuchadnezzar's service. Inspired by this story, Pastor Rick Warren changed his diet and challenged his friends and family to do the same.

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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