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O rnish was part of the revolution in chronic disease prevention in the i990s when he wrote Reversing Heart Disease with Knife and Fork. In his book, he prescribed a diet very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. In order to achieve the recommended maximum of i0 percent of calories coming from fat, people following the diet must eliminate fatty meat products, high fat dairy, and egg yolks. He claimed this dietary approach would help prevent heart disease.

He later published Eat More, Weigh Less (1994) in which he suggested the same diet would help a person lose weight without being hungry. He has conducted numerous clinical trials demonstrating the effectiveness of his diet and has published his findings in medical journals as well as books. Although the diet has been proven to lower weight and slow heart disease, people following the diet have a difficult time maintaining weight loss due to the restrictive nature of the diet (Womble and Wadden 2002).

Ornish is currently a professor in the medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. At the time of publication, there was continued debate in the scientific community about the effectiveness of low-fat diets like the Ornish diet (Johnston et al. 2004).

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