Henry’s rating 4.5 out of 5
Fitness Guru Tana Amen appeared on the “Today” show this past week, and a bunch of other media outlets, hawking her new book, “The Omni Diet,” which hit the shelves in April.
The full title of the book including the subtitle is a bit of a mouthful, “The Revolutionary 70% Plant + 30% Protein Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever.” Wow, sounds good. But let’s take a closer look at the book and its author.
Amen has a health background, she is a Registered Nurse, so that gives her a few plusses from me on the credibility side. The actual diet plan, as the subtitle implies, is 70% plants – fruits, veggies, and fruit juices, and 30% protein from lean meat sources and nuts. There’s no dairy, sugars, processed foods or grains, although quinoa is allowed. In many ways Amen’s diet and weight loss plan, as it is used at her clinic, is very similar to the Paleo, or “Caveman” Diet.
In fact, Amen herself says the guests at her clinic, “eat like a gorilla.” Says Amen, “Aping a wild gorilla’s eating habits could dramatically improve your health — or may even add years to your life, by reducing your risk for killer diseases like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and dementia.”
At the clinic she also works with her husband, who is a medical doctor, and himself a published author in the field of wellness. So, still so far, good. In fact, Tana worked with her husband Dr. Daniel Amen and a team that also included functional medicine specialist Dr. Mark Hyman and my old pal, Dr. Mehmet Oz, to create the very popular Daniel Plan, a healthy lifestyle plan.
Special Note to the Hound Readers: If you Google “Omni Diet” you might come up with some negative reviews of a diet plan and so-called weight loss products by a company called Omnitrition. And rightfully so. These guys are nothing but scammers and multi-level marketers pushing a bogus HCG type diet, called “Omni Drops,” and they will face my full wrath another day. But, PLEASE do not confuse the Omni Diet with these jokers. The founders of Omnitrition are Roger and Barbara Daley. Tana and Daniel Amen have nothing at all to do with Omnitrition.
Who Should Use It?
The Omni Diet is not strictly a “weight-loss” plan, as it is a lifestyle diet. Amen came up with the book and the Omni Diet as the result of her own experiences in combating thyroid disease. So it is a diet created to combat disease, and improve over all wellness, as much as it has been designed to help you lose weight. So, anyone who can follow the diet, (and it’s not all that easy, more on that in a bit) can benefit from it.
To follow the 70% plant and 30% protein dieting plan, Amen gives her readers exact foods and detailed instructions. She provides you with specific diet recipes and food swaps to follow. Most importantly, she includes exercise as a component of the plan. As readers of The Hound well know, I am immediately skeptical of any Diet Plan, or weight-loss product that claims to offer you weight loss without exercise, or changing your lifestyle.
The kind of core-strengthening exercises Amen recommends triggers the need for your body to burn calories and build lean muscle. No diet alone can do that. But again, keep in mind that the Omni Diet is more of a holistic lifestyle reboot, than a quick weight loss plan.
No diet is perfect for everyone. The meat on this one can turn off some strictly vegans, and some nutritionists will take issue with the lack of whole grains. The recipes can be lengthy, a little hard to follow, and expensive.
As I said, this is not a simple 30-day quick fix diet to lose a few pounds, but a wholesale change in lifestyle to improve overall health and wellness. It takes quiet a commitment to do so, and may not be all that easy for a lot of full-time working folks.
The Bottom Line
Overall there is a lot to beat your chest about in the Omni Diet. Tana has good and credible credentials as a fitness expert. There is good science to back up her plan. Her program is drug free, all natural, and sees the benefits of eating right, not only to lose weight, but improve your health overall and combat disease.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, missing a 5 out of 5 only because it could be tough for some to follow.