Pritikin Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on September 23, 2015

Pritikin diet program review
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The Pritikin Diet is not a new program for diet and exercise, but it is one that has been a best-seller for years. In fact, “The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise” is still a popular book and diet plan. Developed by Nathan Pritikin, the diet was initially designed to help slow the progression of Pritikin’s heart disease, a condition he was diagnosed with at the age of 42. After finding a lot of success with his self-created diet, Pritikin opened the Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida in 1975. The center was designed for people who wanted to learn and follow the eating plan he designed.

When following the Pritikin Diet, you will be adopting an eating plan that is essentially very low in fats and low in cholesterol, but is high in dietary fiber and whole grains. Although you will eat a variety of foods, the foods that are the most recommended for this diet include vegetables, fruits, lean protein, fish, and low-fat dairy.


The Pritikin Diet has been studied multiple times, and the results of these studies, such as one conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine, found that the diet program can lower several heart disease risk factors, including blood pressure and weight. On the whole, this diet makes a lot of sense and is practical. Furthermore, it is also recommended that those who follow it engage in regular exercise, including daily walking, cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching. Combing exercise with a diet that is low in fat and cholesterol and high in whole grains and dietary fiber is likely to result in weight loss.


Although likely to help you lose weight, the Pritikin Diet will not be easy for everyone to follow. It requires you to drastically limit certain foods such as oils, refined sugars, refined grains, and salt, and to eliminate foods high in saturated fats (ex. butter, fatty foods, high-fat dairy, coconut oil, etc.), organ and processed meats, and foods high in cholesterol, from your diet. While these are not foods that you need in your diet, they are indulgences that some people may find hard to give up as a lifestyle.

This is not an expensive diet if you follow it on your own, as it will cost you nothing more than the price of your typical grocery bill and the book. However, if you would like to take part in the online support that is offered for this program, this is an ongoing cost that adds up to hundreds of dollar a year. Likewise, if you wish to attend the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa in Florida, you can expect to pay well over $3,000 a week.

Before taking part in this diet, it is recommended that you first consult with your personal healthcare provider.

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