Originally created 02/24/03

What would Jesus eat?

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Praying for a slimmer figure? You may be on the right track to weight loss, according new programs that look to the Bible as a diet book.

There's "What Would Jesus Eat? The Ultimate Program for Eating Well, Feeling Great, and Living Longer" and Step Forward, a Bible-inspired program where Jesus imparts self control.

"The focus of this is not on food, it's on God," said Mary Dyck, a member of The Weigh Down Workshop, another faith-based program.

Dyck, who's tried a variety of diets, is 29 pounds lighter thanks to her new regime.

Weigh Down doesn't require a set eating plan - just eat what you crave. The key is listening to God.

"God designed our body and he gave us the signals to obey. If we overstuff ourselves, we are disobeying him," said Dorothy Miller, co-facilitator of the Weigh Down Workshop in Kalona.

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