Dr Dean Ornish Diet – Diet Review – Pros and Cons


Dr. Dean Ornish is a medical doctor who has authored several best selling diet books including, Eat More, Weigh Less, and Everyday Cooking. Dr. Ornish is primarily a cardiologist, and created his diet primarily as way to reduce cholesterol in his patients and reverse the symptoms of heart disease. Ornish is a vegetarian and recommends a plant based diet as a means of lowering cholesterol and reducing weight. His diet claims to not only reduce weight, but reverse the symptoms of heart disease. The basics of this diet are large quantities of vegetables and fruits, supplemented by complex carbohydrates such as whole grains. Ornish recommends a diet consisting of 70{7bd3c7ad8bdfca6261de5ca927cd789e17dbb7ab504f10fcfc6fb045f62ae8d5} carbs, 20{7bd3c7ad8bdfca6261de5ca927cd789e17dbb7ab504f10fcfc6fb045f62ae8d5} protein and 10{7bd3c7ad8bdfca6261de5ca927cd789e17dbb7ab504f10fcfc6fb045f62ae8d5} fat, while the typical american diet consists of 40{7bd3c7ad8bdfca6261de5ca927cd789e17dbb7ab504f10fcfc6fb045f62ae8d5} fat, 40{7bd3c7ad8bdfca6261de5ca927cd789e17dbb7ab504f10fcfc6fb045f62ae8d5}carbs and 20{7bd3c7ad8bdfca6261de5ca927cd789e17dbb7ab504f10fcfc6fb045f62ae8d5} protein. Ornish was and is a noted detractor of low carbohydrate high fat diets such as the Atkins Diet, and claims low carb diets pose a risk to one’s health.


  • Healthy: A low fat diet, high in fruits and vegetables is widely recognized as one that will not only promote weight loss, but also better overall health.


  • Too Strict: As nice as it is to eat only fruits and vegetables, most people cannot sustain such a diet long term, and isn’t that the goal of all weight loss programs.

Bottom Line

If you love fruits and vegetables and would be happy and satisfied subsisting on such fare, then by all means, this diet might be right for you. If you find yourself ravenous after eating nothing but salads, there are other plans out there that can help you lose weight without such a restrictive regimen.

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