A critique of the diet guru's views on high-protein diets, followed by a response from Ornish and a reply from the author.
The conversation regarding what constitutes the ideal diet for optimal wellness and longevity is an ongoing and exhausting debate. Experts from each respective dietary camp have a plethora of data pointing to their case for why their particular system is the gold standard. But so far, this ongoing debate has not been productive for the general public.
The Ornish Program, as commendable as it is, won’t work for everybody. Because nothing does.
At a time when America – and Dr. Ornish – believed that saturated fat was a killer, Atkins’ low-carb, high-fat diet sounded “ludicrously unhealthy”. And yet it seemed to work…
MANY people have been making the case that Americans have grown fat because they eat too much starch and sugar, and not enough meat, fat and eggs.
Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease® is the first program scientifically proven to “undo” (reverse) heart disease by making comprehensive lifestyle changes.
Dr. Ornish can prove his statement that a low fat diet can lead to an overall improvement in heart health through scientific research. This is one of the few low fat diets that are medically proven to help reverse heart disease without the combined use of drugs or surgery.
Will you lose weight?
Perhaps, perhaps not. There are varying degrees of an Ornish diet. But if you're exercising regularly and have adopted a menu filled with foods from the healthiest three nutrition groups – which emphasize produce, whole grains and fish – it's likely.