This type of diet was developed by Dean Ornish, MD. The Ornish Diet have simple principles just like other kinds of diet programs but involves complete lifestyle changes. This includes a high-fiber diet whole grains , low-fat vegetarian meals, aerobic exercises, eliminating stress factors, family support, ceasing bad habits smoking and alcohol drinking and nutritional supplements, while restricting the consumption of animal meat products, dietary fats, refined carbs and processed or commercial foods bacons, hotdogs, canned goods, etc. So based on that theory, a combination of good lifestyle plus a healthy diet equals a superb fat-burning weight loss strategy.
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Benefits Because this diet includes almost only plant products, it is high in substances thought to promote health such as antioxidants and fiber , as well as low in substances that are harmful to the health such as fat and cholesterol.
Walking 20 or 30 minutes a day instead of being completely sedentary has significant health benefits and may even reduce the chance of early death by half. Although Dr. Ornish and colleagues have done extensive research showing that following a very strict, completely vegetarian form of his diet can not only prevent heart disease from occurring or getting more severe, but can actually cause a reversing of artery constriction allowing blood to flow to the heart better. Ornish also believes his diet may be effective at preventing or reversing other forms of disease such as prostate cancer.
Precautions Anyone thinking of beginning a new diet should consult their physician. Requirements of calories, fat, and nutrients can differ significantly from person to person, depending on gender, age, weight, and many other factors such as the presence of any diseases or conditions. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should be especially cautious because deficiencies of vitamins or minerals can have a significant negative impact on a baby.
Patients with heart disease should be especially careful when beginning a diet. Ornish has published data about how his diet may be able to prevent or reverse heart disease, everyone reacts differently and no major dietary changes should be made without consulting a physician. It is important to discuss all possible options with a physician and make all decisions based on professional recommendations.
Risks Dr. Many important vitamins and minerals such as zinc and vitamin B12 are acquired from these sources in a normal diet. Without these sources there is a significant possibility of deficiency. Also, because of the very low fat allowance of the diet there is some concern that people on this diet may not get enough vitamin E , which is found mainly in nuts and oil. These are too high in fat to be eaten regularly while on this diet. Ornish often recommends taking supplements while following his diet, and taking a complete multi-vitamin may help reduce the risk of a deficiency.
Multivitamins and supplements however have their own risks, especially for pregnant or breastfeeding women and individuals with medical issues such as renal disease. Research and general acceptance The benefits of any diet low in fat that includes many different fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are generally accepted. However, some concern has been expressed about Dr. For some people this cause for concern may outweigh the possible benefits.
One benefit of the Dr. Ornish diet that he and other researchers have studied extensively is the possible prevention or reversal of heart disease in some people. Ornish has led many controlled research studies to test his diet, and published the results in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Lancet, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In , Dr. This was the first study to investigate whether changes in lifestyle alone, without the use of prescription drugs, could stop the progress of, or even. Why or why not? What special dietary needs do I have that this diet might not meet?
What types of risk could this diet pose for me? What type of multivitamin or other dietary supplement would be appropriate for me if I begin this diet?
How could I integrate this diet into our family meals? How long is it safe for me to follow this diet? What are the signs or symptoms that might indicate a problem while on this diet? The patients selected to participate had severe coronary heart disease and were divided randomly into two groups, those who would follow Dr. It also emphasized moderate exercise, stress-reduction techniques, and, for those patients who smoked, quitting. The diameter of the coronary artery was measured at the beginning of the study, and again at the end of the study one year later.
For patients following the usual recommendations for coronary patients, the average percentage of narrowing was For patients who followed Dr. For the patients with the most constriction the difference was even greater. Since the original Lifestyle Heart Study, Dr.
Ornish and various co-authors have continued to research how lifestyle changes alone can positively affect heart disease. He has also done research over longer periods of time to see if people are able to stay on his diet and continue to see positive effects. He has also studied very short time spans to see if improvement can occur very quickly. In he published a study in the Journal of the Society of Behavioral Medicine showing that, in as little as three months, his lifestyle change program could significantly reduce the risk factors of coronary heart disease.
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He holds a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin , where he gave the baccalaureate address. Professional background Ornish is known for his lifestyle-driven approach to the control of coronary artery disease CAD and other chronic diseases. He promotes lifestyle changes including a quasi whole foods , plant-based diet ,  smoking cessation , moderate exercise , stress management techniques including yoga and meditation , and psychosocial support. The research, published in peer-reviewed journals, became the basis of his "Program for Reversing Heart Disease. Many important vitamins and minerals such as zinc and vitamin B12 are acquired from these sources in a normal diet. Without these sources there is a significant possibility of deficiency.
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Dean Ornish Program: Eat More Weigh Less Diet
Benefits Because this diet includes almost only plant products, it is high in substances thought to promote health such as antioxidants and fiber , as well as low in substances that are harmful to the health such as fat and cholesterol. Walking 20 or 30 minutes a day instead of being completely sedentary has significant health benefits and may even reduce the chance of early death by half. Although Dr. Ornish and colleagues have done extensive research showing that following a very strict, completely vegetarian form of his diet can not only prevent heart disease from occurring or getting more severe, but can actually cause a reversing of artery constriction allowing blood to flow to the heart better. Ornish also believes his diet may be effective at preventing or reversing other forms of disease such as prostate cancer. Precautions Anyone thinking of beginning a new diet should consult their physician.