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208 pages
Dec 2005
WaterBrook Press

The Jerusalem Diet

by Ted Haggard

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Pastor and author Ted Haggard’s diet goals are reachable. Lose weight without broadcasting your diet to everyone. Enjoy eating the foods you like. Lose one pound a week. Exercise, but not past your ability. Avoid complex diets and exercise regimens. Get fit – get healthy – have fun.

The first chapter of The Jerusalem Diet is a gem, a paean to the joys of eating: jelly beans, hamburgers, Mountain Dew, and Haagen-Daz. Then Haggard comes back down to earth and tells how, after enjoying the festive food at a conference in Jerusalem, his pants became too tight. He decided to eat the nutritious foods available in all the Israeli restaurants: seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. He swam laps in the hotel pool. In one day his pants fit. Thus The Jerusalem Diet was born, those four foods and exercise, one day a week. You aim to lose only one pound a week, eating, within reason, what you like for most of the week.

As the book progresses Haggard, using himself as an example, gets down to the nitty-gritty of the diet. What you are actually aiming for is to change your eating habits, slowly, so that you end up eating all those good healthy foods the other diets try to crash you onto, but still at times enjoying the conviviality and fun of delicious, but not so healthy foods. He clearly explains his diet principles step-by-step, suggests you tailor exercise to your abilities and needs, gives suggestions for breaking substance and food addictions, and looks at juicing, shopping habits, and getting good rest. Haggard amply illustrates his points with little bios from Jerusalem Dieters’ experiences, from those who lost a little weight to those who lost very large amounts.

There is a lot of good advice in this book. The diet is doable without forcing the dieter into a straight-jacket way of life. Many questions are considered. The book ends, “So that’s it – the Jerusalem Diet…Now let’s go to Dairy Queen!” (177). The Jerusalem Diet is fun to read, upbeat and encouraging. I think I’ll put away my ice cream and try it. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

The Jerusalem Diet is a remarkably simple and flexible plan that will transform your perspective on food, diets, and health. You’ll rediscover how to relax and enjoy life, moving steadily toward your ideal weight while still taking pleasure in the foods you love.

    SIMPLE: No expensive foods, supplements, or exercise equipment required. All you need is a good digital scale, a calendar, some basic food items available at any grocery store, and a willingness to “lighten up”–physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

    GUILT-FREE: This easy-to-follow plan frees you to stop counting calories, agonizing over menu choices, and pursuing extreme exercise programs. Instead, you’ll learn how to lose weight while still eating the foods you love and enjoying life to the fullest.

    LIFE-CHANGING: The Jerusalem Diet reenergizes not only your body but also your outlook on life. As you move toward your ideal weight–one day at a time, one pound at a time–you will feel better, look better, and live better.

Developed by a busy pastor who loves food and admits to a lack of self-control when it comes to eating, The Jerusalem Diet is designed to work for anyone who can manage to stay on a diet for just 24 hours. If you want to shed pounds and keep them off–without starvation, deprivation, or frustration–this is the plan you’ve been waiting for.