Although the Bible does not address the topic of weight loss specifically, you will find dozens of references to food, eating, self-control, gluttony, discipline and dietary practices. There are passages on eating clean food, buying food, cooking food, permitted food, forbidden food, and passages on specific foods such as bread, cream, stews, drinks, honey, cheese, and butter. Given that the Bible has so much to say about food, we at Healthy by Design, as well as many other wonderful ministries, have taken these passages to develop diets, programs and meal plans and based them on biblical principles to help others lose weight and incorporate a Christian way of life to enhance their spiritual well-being as well as their physical well-being. Here are brief summaries of ten Christian weight loss programs. They are not in any specific order.
The Daniel Plan – www.danielplan.com
This popular Christian weight loss program focuses on what they call “The Essentials,” which is Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends. Each of these areas is connected to each other, and it is necessary for a participant to be active in these areas in order to see succeed in creating a healthy lifestyle. You can eat any kind of food in this program as long as it is natural whole food, not man-made processed food. The key success is Faith and Friends because people benefit more when they are making healthy lifestyle changes with a supportive group of friends and fellow Christian believers.
The Daniel Fast – www.daniel-fast.com
This program is much different than the Daniel Plan in that it is a 21-day vegan detox diet. The Daniel Fast is not necessarily a weight loss program, although you will lose some weight, nor is it a lifestyle changing program. The goal of this program is for you to feel a deeper spiritual commitment to God as you cleanse your mind, body and soul through sacrifice, prayer, and daily Bible reading.
The Maker’s Diet – www.makers-diet.net
The Maker’s Diet will have you focus on eating organic fruit, vegetables, meats and grains with a one day fast during the week. You will also be avoiding toxins such as water and toothpaste with fluoride, and limiting exposure to devices with electromagnetic fields such as cell phones, microwaves, and X-rays. Since this program is partly based on Jewish dietary practices, you will not be eating any pork or shellfish. This program is designed to help people lose weight over a 40-day period, and it is also intended to be a change in lifestyle.
Take Back Your Temple – www.takebackyourtemple.com
The focus of TBYT is more on the spiritual and emotional side of Christian weight loss. This program centers around God, or the Great Physician, to heal emotional hurts that may have a negative impact on your diet. TBYT offers classes on prayer and eliminating binge eating, and the program offers small group study where you can get together with other TBYT participants and help each other develop healthy eating habits to help with your weight loss and grow in your faith and health.
First Place 4 Health – www.firstplace4health.com
First Place 4 Health focuses almost entirely on the spiritual and emotional side to weight loss. This program addresses the emotional needs of the whole person which includes Bible study, prayer, scripture memory, and small group support and accountability. There is a lot of information on healthy eating along with recipes, but it doesn’t say much about fitness or exercise.
Victory Steps for Women – www.victorysteps.net
This is a weight loss program that directly targets the faith and health needs of women. Victory Steps for Women is designed to help women let go of depression and develop healthy eating habits. You are offered a coach to assist in your weight loss the right way and to help you use the power of God to overcome compulsive eating and depression. The program resources on healthy eating, exercising, and praying and studying the Bible effectively.
The Eden Diet – www.theedendiet.com
This program will teach you how to eat only when you are physically hungry, not emotionally hungry. According to the Eden Diet, you will be able to lose weight by eating anything you want, including junk food, by learning how to balance your emotional desires for sweets with your physical instincts for healthy food. You will also be shown how to beat mindless eating habits by gaining willpower through the power of God and prayer.
The Hallelujah Diet – www.myhdiet.com
The Hallelujah Diet focuses on a biblical, vegan plant-based diet where 85% of the food you eat should be eaten in its raw natural state. This program recommends the use of supplements because the foods you consume today are less nutritious than they once were because of pollution, toxins and pesticides modern society produces. This diet is used to revive the natural self-healing power of the body by consuming enzyme-rich raw foods that are beneficial to the body at the cellular level.
Bod4God – www.bod4god.org
Bod4God will show you how to honor God with your body through lifestyle changes that will help you with weight loss, exercise effectively and build a support team to help you stay motivated. The key to this program is committing your body to God’s glory to forever change your life. Bod4God allows you to create your own personal plan that you can follow, and if your church is involved in this program, you can set up weight loss competitions and team challenges.
Weight Loss, God’s Way – www.21daysgodsway.com
This is our program that has impacted the lives of thousands of women to date. It is an online program that puts an emphasis on permanent weight loss through partnering with the Holy Spirit. Weight Loss, God’s Way has a 21-day challenge where you will come to understand that your strength comes from the Lord and how faith and health strategies can keep you from sabotaging your weight loss goals. You can learn how to live a healthy lifestyle with a supportive group of Christian women by joining the 21-day challenge. Register today at www.21daysgodsway.com.
If you are trying to lose weight, I would advise you to be prayerful as you choose a program that is best for you. Do your research and most importantly, stick to it. The best program is the one you actually finish!
I pray God’s best for you on your health and weight loss journey.