The Ornish Diet is a low-fat, vegetarian diet designed to prevent and even reverse heart disease. Beyond just food, the Ornish program emphasizes a comprehensive lifestyle approach, including stress management, moderate exercise, and building supportive relationships.
Key Dietary Principles:
- Limit Fat Intake: Aim for 10% or fewer of daily calories from fat.
- Favor Vegetarian Foods: Emphasize plant-based foods and eliminate most animal products, except for egg whites and nonfat dairy products.
- Reduce Intake of Refined Carbs: While the diet is low in fat, it doesn’t mean replacing fat with sugars and refined carbs.
- Consume Whole Foods: Focus on natural, unprocessed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
Restrictiveness: Some people might find the diet too restrictive, especially those accustomed to consuming animal products.