Pritikin Diet

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This diet was developed in the 1980s to promote a diet-and-lifestyle program for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.[1]


The Pritikin diet involves:

1. A diet very low in fat (10% of calories, with 15-20% of calories from protein and 70-75% from carbohydrates and fiber). The diet is also low-sodium.
2. A diet consisting mainly of fruits, vegetables, grains, soybean products, and other legumes
3. Stress management training, moderate exercise, and cessation of smoking.


The pritikin diet has been found to be beneficial for the following conditions:


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  2. Máttar JA, Salas CE, Bernstein DP, Lehr D, Bauer R (May 1990) Hemodynamic changes after an intensive short-term exercise and nutrition program in hypertensive and obese patients with and without coronary artery disease. Arq Bras Cardiol.;54(5):307-12. PMID: 2288517.
  3. Barnard, RJ, Lattimore, L, Holly, RG, Cherny, S, and Pritikin, N (Aug 1982) Response of Non-insulin-dependent Diabetic Patients to an Intensive Program of Diet and Exercise. Diabetes Care;5(4)370-374.
  4. Reddy BS, Engle A, Simi B, O'Brien LT, Barnard RJ, Pritikin N, Wynder EL (Jul 1988) Effect of low-fat, high-carbohydrate, high-fiber diet on fecal bile acids and neutral sterols. Prev Med.;17(4):432-9. PMID: 2851138.