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Jerusalem Diet

Updated on January 28, 2013

Introduction to the Jerusalem Diet

The Jerusalem Diet really doesn't have anything to do with the city of Jerusalem itself, and is not Israeli based in nature, but was started by televangelist Ted Haggard while he was traveling in the city. The main driving force behind this diet and eating plan is to have very reasonable and obtainable goals that allow for a steady and consistent change in bad habits until you are seeing the progress that you want.  In fact, the weight loss goals on this diet are set at a very reasonable goal of losing just one pound per week, and to eat reasonably healthy.  To stay on target, every morning you weight yourself (preferably on a digital scale to make sure you are getting the most accurate results possible) just after getting up in the morning, and your daily diet or exercise is determined by that number.  When you find your weight is higher than before, you switch to a very strict vegetarian diet of fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, and water until you drop back down to where your weight was before or less.  On the other hand, if your weight is dropping or maintaining where it should be, you have no restrictions for the day (although drinking water, light exercise like walking, and a reasonable diet are always good ideas).  Keep on the target goal of losing only 1 pound a week, and this steady weight loss is both easy on the body, makes it more likely you'll keep the weight off, and the fairly easy nature of this diet coupled with the "harsh punishment" of eating restrictions that come from not following the plan versus the "reward" of few restrictions for maintaining good habits and it's easy to see how this weight loss diet plan could work well for many people.

Starting Application of Jerusalem Diet

On the first day on the Jerusalem Diet, you will be restricted to eating a vegetarian type fare with only be allowed fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, and you can only drink water. This diet will help kick start the good eating habits and weight loss efforts, and this is also the same diet you will resort to whenever you are gaining weight instead of losing it.

Weigh yourself on a digital scale every morning when you get up. A digital scale is important, because the 195.7 is more than 195.5, and tells you to shift to the strict diet for a day. This also makes it a lot easier to stay on the diet, as it is much easier to recover from 0.2 lbs of error as opposed to waiting until a full 1.0 lb of weight gain has happened. On the other hand, if you weigh the same as the day before or less, then you're fine and are allowed to eat whatever you want, as long as it's part of a healthy diet. The goal is to lose only one pound a week, which is a very reasonable and makes this diet easier to manage than many others.

You don't want to skip a single day. If you gorged on Thanksgiving Day and didn't bother to go workout or even talk a walk, don't skip the scale. Do the daily weigh-ins and if you're over, then switch to the fruit, veggie, seeds, and water diet until you get back to where you want to be for your dietary goals. If you don't like intensive exercises, talk long relaxing walks or pace for that 50 minute cell phone call instead of sitting. Little things like this can make a huge difference, maybe more than you expect.

For more information, you can also check out this eHow article on how to lose weight on the Jerusalem Diet.

The Jerusalem Diet, In Conclusion

There are some complaints from people about the Jerusalem Diet, first and foremost probably that Ted Haggard is by no means a dietary expert. That might be very true, but the diet he is suggesting (whether you agree with the basis or not) is backed up by a lot of sound research. A vegetarian diet is going to be much lower in calories, fat, bad carbs, and cholesterol than the normal diet many people enjoy. Drinking water is always very good for the health, and the very moderate pace of weight loss this diet encourages is a huge plus - as many dietitians only recommend losing 2-3 pounds a week at most anyway to prevent a crashing metabolism, fat storage, or general shock to the body's system. Diets that are low impact are often much easier to stay on, as well, making it easier for people to hit their long term goals.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for an interesting advice.

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      8 years ago from USA

      This is a great idea. A diet that's easy to do, as long as you follow the plan. The most effortless way to lose weight that I've seen.


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