The Daniel Plan, based on the prophet Daniel who chose healthy eating instead of the king's rich foods, is a yearlong, churchwide program to help the Saddleback parishoners get physically healthier. Here are the details as published by The Christian Post.
"The Bible says that God wants you to be as healthy physically as you are spiritually," said Warren in a video announcing the event. "The plan will help you feel better, look better, have more energy, get in shape, and use your body the way God wants you to."
Obesity is a growing epidemic in the U.S., said Warren, who cited statistics showing 76 percent of Americas are overweight. His church is not excluded from the figure. Last fall, he noticed that during a baptism service of more than 800 people that most of them were overweight.
There’s nothing like seeing 800 of your good sized parishioners in their bathing suits to decide that your church needs to go on a congregational diet.
The megachurch pastor promised to commit to the program, revealing that he has gained 3 pounds each year during his 30 years at Saddleback.
"I can't ask you to get healthy if I won't," he said.
The fitness plan is part of Saddleback's Decade of Destiny, the church's spiritual growth and expansion plan for the next 10 years. The Daniel Plan's launched on January 15 at 8:30 a.m. local time.
What wasn’t mentioned in the live simulcast was that Daniel’s diet was actually based on Jewish food regulations, and not about the calorie content in the pork ribs. Daniel decided to go on a vegetable and water diet only, which is far stricter than what Rick Warren’s plan calls for.
While Warren has promised to lose 90lbs in this fitness plan, the Squirrel thinks he should be held accountable to the diet by threatening to throw him to Daniel’s lions if he fails.