Would You Try The 'God Diet?'

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Living by the Book is one thing, but eating by it is certainly another! Read on to learn more about the God diet.

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The God diet is also known as the "Daniel fast," which aims to recreate the eating habits of the prophet Daniel.

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The diet consists of eating fruit, vegetables and whole grains while abstaining from meat, fish, bread and processed foods.

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According to the Old Testament, when Daniel was captured by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, he and the other prisoners refused the king's food and ate only vegetables and water for 10 days.

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Daniel thought that the king's food was not prepared in a manner consistent with Jewish guidelines.

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According to Daniel 1:15, the captives who had eaten like Daniel appeared healthier than those who had consumed the king's food.

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Later on, Daniel fasted while waiting for God's decree on the state of Israel. This fast avoided meat, wine and leavened bread. Daniel 10:3 reads, "I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks."

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Daniel's eating habits make up the God diet, which is detailed in The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by pastor Rick Warren in an attempt to get his congregants to be healthier.

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The Daniel Plan does eventually allow dieters to eat dairy and meat again.

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Another version of the diet can be found in Susan Gregory's The Daniel Fast.

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Susan Gregory has compared the Daniel Fast to a vegan diet, but with more restrictions.

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While followers of the diet have experienced weight loss, nutritionist Zoe Harcombe is wary of the long-term health effects, which could include deficiency in vitamins A, D, E and B12.

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Read on for some other unusual diet plans.

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The Paleo Diet

Eating like our ancestors in pursuit of better health is nothing new. Consuming the foods that our ancestors ate is the fundamental rule of the Paleo diet, which is high in meat, seafood and fresh fruits and veggies.

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The Mono Diet

The Mono diet suggests that eating the same thing every day will help you to lose weight. The boredom of repeated meals is said to help you to consume fewer calories.

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The Cookie Diet

Specially designed cookies supplement breakfast and dinner in the cookie diet. Sadly, this one is not just an excuse to enjoy Oreos all day.

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The Master Cleanse

The Master Cleanse instructs dieters to drink only a beverage consisting of lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Celebrities like Beyonce and Ashton Kutcher have tried this one.

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The Shangri-La Diet

This diet believes that consuming a few tablespoons of fructose or olive oil between meals will help dieters to learn to crave fewer calories through intervals of bland flavors.

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Fletcherism

The Victorian doctor, Horace Fletcher, believed that chewing food or "masticating" it thoroughly would result in weight loss.

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The Free-gan Diet

Free-gans try to consume as little as possible in the hopes to reducing waste. Extreme free-ganers look through dumpsters for food.

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The Vinegar Diet

Megan Fox and Fergie have reportedly tried the apple cider vinegar diet as a cleanse.

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People turn to the Bible for many reasons, but diet is typically not one of them.

Now there are some diets that do it by the Book. The God diet is said to help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. This is achieved by simply following the diet of the prophet Daniel.

Check out the slideshow above for exactly what the God diet entails.

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