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Jerusalem Diet


The Jerusalem Diet was created by Pastor Ted Haggard a Christian minister. It's a practical approach to keeping your weight under control that draws on what people are in biblical times.


The basic idea to this diet to to weigh yourself every day, so you're keeping track of your weight and where you are related to your goal weight. On days when you're over your goal ("fat days"), you should restrict what you eat. Eat only fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds (what they used to eat in Jerusalam back in biblical times). Exercising for an hour is also encouraged when you're over your goal.

Haggard talks about how weighing yourself daily is a good deterrent to gaining too much weight. The diet is easy to follow because you just deal with it day-to-day. If you're over your goal, you restrict your food and you do some exercise. If you're under your goal, you're free to do what you like.

People on the Jerusalem Diet are encouraged to lose weight slowly, just 1 pound per week. Also, Pastor Haggard encourages you to break unhealthy addictions like caffeine, cigarettes, and sugar. You'll be encouraged to eat right and exercise more.

There is a chapter in the book written by Gayle Haggard, his wife. It's a woman-to-woman discussion of how the Jerusalem diet can be applied to the specific needs of a woman. Gayle has a gentle approach where accepting our bodies is essential. She teaches that we have to be good to ourselves, our bodies, and our souls. Go for a long walk, do some gardening outside or get a massage. Reward yourself with things that feel good, instead of using food for this.


Pastor Ted Haggard founded the New Life Church in Colorado and is the president of the NAE (National Association of Evangelicals). He graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1978. He has five children with his wife Gayle.


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  21-Nov-2006 11:06am created by bill
  21-Nov-2006 11:14am last update by bill

posted 7-Oct-2012 6:28pm

It depends on your weihgt. If you only have a few pounds to lose, like 10-15, then it'll take longer to lose that amount than if you have over 20 pounds to lose. With the HCG drops, I'm guessing you could lose 7 pounds easy. More if you're really strict while on the VLCD. Remember you only eat 500 calories a day, no sugar (nor fake sugars like splenda), 200 grams of meat total, 2 fruits, and 1 bread thing. If you want to lose the weihgt faster, you may want to cut out the bread stick and 1 of the fruits. Honestly, I started these drops 4 days ago (2 days of Phase 1, and now I'm on my second day of Phase 2) and I just got on the scale a few minutes ago and I lost 5 pounds in 1 day! But I have quite a bit of weihgt to lose so that won't be the results for everyone. If you exercise at least 30 minutes a day also, you could lose even more than 10 pounds a week. Also, I haven't been hungry on this diet. The drops help soo much! Good luck and have fun in N. Carolina!

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