Omni Diet: Nutrition, Weight Loss and Health

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The Omni Diet was created by Tana Amen, a registered nurse and nutritional consultant.

Amen battled with poor health until her mid-30’s, which her doctors put down to bad genetics with a family history of heart disease and obesity. However, even when she followed a strict diet and fitness program she couldn’t find relief.

She realized she needed to find a permanent health solution and embarked on a quest to achieve this. The Omni Diet is the result of her ten-year search to understand the relationship between nutrition, weight loss and health.

Omni Diet Basics

On the Omni Diet you will eat 70% plant-based foods and 30% protein-rich foods.

  • 70% whole living plant foods provide disease-fighting nutrients.
  • 30% high quality protein keeps the brain sharp and muscles and organs functioning at peak condition.

Amen believes this provides the perfect balance and optimal nutrition to support health and promote weight loss.

Omni Diet Foods

The foods included in the plan were chosen because they are proven to:

  • Provide anti-oxidant support
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Enhance brain function
  • Satisfy your appetite with nutrient-dense calories
  • Control blood sugar levels
  • Decrease feelings of hunger and deprivation
  • Eliminate food addictions
  • Balance hormones
  • Increase energy and well-being

The plan emphasizes salads, cooked vegetables and vegetable juices, grass-fed meats and moderate amounts of fruit, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes. Foods that should be strictly avoided include dairy, sugar, processed foods and grains. However quinoa is allowed in small portions.

Amen describes the diet as “eating like a gorilla” and claims this way of eating will dramatically improve your health and add years to your life.

Nutritional Supplements

Certain supplements are emphasized because they are known to help repair DNA, which has an anti-aging effect. These include ginseng, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin B12, resveratrol and alpha lipoic acid.

Probiotics should also be taken on a daily basis to replenish your stores of good bacteria. Along with a high intake of fiber this supports the health of the gastrointestinal tract.

What a Day’s Meals Would Look Like

Breakfast

Brain Berry Smoothie

Afternoon Snack

¼ cup raw almonds

Lunch

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Afternoon Snack

2 tablespoons hummus
2 cups mixed veggies

Dinner

Serano Chile Shrimp Vegetable Soup
Simple Green Salad

Avoid Strenuous Exercise

Exercise is recommended but you should avoid strenuous workouts because this can trigger inflammation, which can interfere with weight loss.

You can choose fun and invigorating activities such as walking and Zumba. Amen also recommends lifting weights at least twice a week.

Pros

  • Emphasizes improving general health rather than just losing weight.
  • Includes six weeks of meal plans and recipes.
  • Addresses the importance of good sleep for optimal health and weight loss.
  • Includes a meal plan and recipes.
  • Nutritional information is provided for the recipes.
  • Provides advice for maintaining weight loss.

Cons

  • Author’s belief that a plant-based diet cannot provide adequate protein and other nutrients is not in line with general opinion.
  • Limits the intake of fruit to half a cup per day and does not allow whole grains.
  • Some of the recipes contain unusual and expensive ingredients.
  • Not suitable for vegan dieters.
  • Requires the use of nutritional supplements, which may be expensive.
  • May take time to see weight loss results.

Requires a High Level of Commitment

The Omni Diet was created to enhance wellness and help overcome chronic health issues.

This plan requires a high level of commitment as it may involve a complete change in diet and lifestyle. However if you are able to follow the plan you can expect to lose weight and experience better health.

The Omni Diet is available on Amazon.

9 Comments

  1. Ted

    Her whole purpose for eliminating dairy and grains is because they are the foods that many people have sensitivities or allergies too. The book is focused on treating chronic health conditions and giving up these foods has been anecdotally shown to help a lot of people find healing.

    However, you all are correct, in moderation these foods are fine for many. It really boils down to what works and what doesn’t for your unique physiological make-up.

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    • TonyK

      That makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.

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  2. Kristen

    I agree with you that the emphasis on a healthy diet for life is great. Does seem awfully restrictive though. I’m actually totally on-board with mostly whole, natural foods and proteins…but no dairy ever? Not a single whole wheat carb? Only 1/2 a cup of fruit? What’s wrong with this stuff if in moderation and eaten mindfully? Seems extreme indeed.

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    • TonyK

      Zero grains? Believe it or not, some people actually do better with a moderate amount of grains in their diet. I only bring this up because the article mentions that this diet is not just about weight loss. Folks who do better with some grains tend to be thinner and not need to lose weight. And so if part of the focus of this book is truly about health, then an absolutist stance against grains is not something with which I would agree.

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    • TonyK

      Sorry, not specifically replying to you Kristen as I agree with your post. Was just trying to make a general comment.

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  3. MLD

    Half a cup of fruit a day ? Don’t think I could handle that. I eat at least 4 pieces of fruit a day ! It boils down to creating healthy eating and healthy lifestyle habits. An authentic Mediterranean diet is also a balanced diet to follow.

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  4. Spectra

    There was a show they did once on TV where they fed people a primate diet–mostly it was whole vegetables and fruits with some nuts and barely any meat. The people improved their cholesterol profiles dramatically, but if I were on a diet like that, I’d definitely at least try to spruce up those veggies a bit. Plain raw veggies for days and days would be a tad depressing.

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    • Keller101

      I just bought the book yesterday after visiting with my doctor. He actually suggested that I try the Paleo diet but after much research I decided to try the Omni diet. It seems to be very straight forward and easy enough to follow. I am about 25\30pounds overweight. I am now headed to Sprouts to buy some groceries. I will let yall know how much I spent on groceries. Wish me luck.

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      • Ted

        I love Sprouts! That is the best place to load up on veggies for little $. Keep us posted.

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