The Hallelujah Diet reviewThe Hallelujah Diet is a biblically-inspired vegan weight loss plan developed by Reverend George Malkmus. The diet primarily requires those who follow it to mostly eat raw plant-based foods. Malkmus claims that changing to a diet of raw vegetables, fruits and carrot juice saved his life after he received a cancer diagnosis nearly 40 years ago.

More specifically, the Hallelujah Diet is made up of 85% raw and unprocessed plant-based food and 15% cooked plant-based food. The raw food is so heavily endorsed with this diet because the authors of the diet book (“The Hallelujah Diet: Experience the Optimal Health You Were Meant to Have” by George Malkmus, Peter Shockey and Stowe Shockey), claim that eating raw foods is the best way to obtain the nutrients the body needs, restore damaged cells and promote long-lasting health. On the other hand, the authors say that meat can become “trapped” in our systems, delaying elimination and causing toxicity and illness.

The Hallelujah Diet has been designed as a lifestyle plan. Examples of the raw food required for this diet include vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, beans, oils, fats, seeds, seasonings and dairy alternatives. Cooked foods include steamed vegetables, whole grains, baked sweet potatoes, baked or steamed squash, whole-grain pasta, and beans. As for drinks, re-mineralized distilled water and freshly extracted vegetable juices are recommended.

Foods that are off limits include meat, chicken, fish, dairy, eggs, soy and alcohol. Processed vegetables, fruits, and refined grains, as well as certain seeds, nuts, seasonings, oils, soups and sweets are also prohibited.

It is possible that you will lose weight following the Hallelujah Diet as it is low in calories and fat and research has shown that those who follow a plant-based diet tend to ingest fewer calories and fats compared to individuals who eat an animal-based diet.

However, due to the fact that this diet is so highly restrictive, it will no doubt require those who follow it to undergo massive dietary change. Since this is the case, this diet may be too extreme for some. That being said, if you are interested in trying it, inform your doctor of your intentions to make sure it is the right step for you.

Furthermore, this diet will require you to spend a lot of time at the grocery store or your local farmer’s market, as you will need to load up on fresh fruits and vegetables all the time. Also, since a great percentage of this diet is raw food, expect to spend a lot of time planning and preparing meals.

In addition, those who follow the Hallelujah Diet are encouraged to take supplements at specific times during the day. This is important to make sure that you are obtaining the necessary nutrients that you need. However, if you take the supplements that are recommended by the diet developers, they could cost you over $2,000 a year.

The bottom line is that this diet may be worth looking into if you’re interested in going vegan. Otherwise, there are better weight loss diet plans you may want to investigate, instead.