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Q:  What is The Daniel Plan?

The Daniel Plan is a groundbreaking healthy lifestyle program founded on biblical principles and focused on The Essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. The program offers an innovative approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people get better together by optimizing their health in each of these life areas. Each essential supports and influences the others, offering a practical step-by-step approach for anyone to follow.

Q:  Why is it Different?

The Daniel Plan is different because it is founded in faith, and God is the source of all inspiration and power.  The program incorporates guidance in every life area, so you can not only get healthy physically, but spiritually, emotionally and relationally as well. Beyond access to practical food and fitness tips and resources, you will learn how to focus your mind on those things that will encourage healthy choices.

The essentials of Faith and Friends are what we call the “secret sauce” that makes The Daniel Plan so effective.  The program benefits are accelerated when done in a supportive community of friends because God designed us to thrive in relationships. With the support of God and your group, you have far more than willpower helping you to make positive changes so you can be consistent and sustain your new healthy lifestyle.

Q: Why does The Daniel Plan begin with Faith?

The Daniel Plan starts with faith, because spiritual health gives you a foundation for building habits and perspectives for health in any area. Health comes from recognizing and using God’s power in your life and treating your body and mind with the care that he intended.

If you don’t trust God to help you get healthy, all you are left with is willpower—and you know from experience that willpower doesn’t usually last very long. You get tired of doing what’s right, and you give up.  Many self-help books tell you how to change, while The Daniel Plan gives you the power to change – God’s power.

Q: Why did Saddleback Church and The Daniel Plan choose to use these Doctors, some who have other spiritual beliefs?

Saddleback Church selected some of the top experts in the country to help the congregation, community, and other people around the world to lead a healthy lifestyle for many years to come. With the help of Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Daniel Plan will reach a wider audience with a message of hope. For a more in-depth response, (Click Here).

We realize some may have concerns about our association with doctors who may not share our own strong theological convictions about the nature of salvation and about the truthfulness of Scripture. Let us reassure you of some very important details.

  • Pastor Rick knows each Doctor  personally and has the utmost trust in their ability to advise us about matters related to physical health.
  • We do not  endorse any teaching outside of Scripture. We may ask a physician for advice about physical health matters, but our foundational beliefs of our church are carefully guarded by Pastor Rick and all of our Pastors. You can rest assured we will never compromise our belief that Jesus is the only way to heaven or that the Bible is the 100% completely infallible and perfect Word of God. The Doctors are helping us as friends, but are in no way advising our church on spiritual matters.
  • These particular Doctors have a high level of respect from the public and the medical community at large. Because of the high profile nature of who they are, involving them in this process has not only helped us to be very accurate in what we say about physical and mental health, they have also helped us to appeal to a much larger audience of people both inside and outside the faith.

Our primary objective as a church has always been and always will be to share the truth of the gospel with people who do not yet have a relationship with Christ. Rather than seeing this as a compromise of the gospel, we hope you'll come to see it as an enormous opportunity to enlarge the influence of the gospel within our community and our nation.

We have already seen literally thousands of people on our campus as a result of involving these physicians who would never have otherwise visited. It thrills us to know that they will have an opportunity to hear the good news about Jesus, and this is our highest goal. We knew ahead of time that some leaders would criticize us for associating with Doctors who may or may not be believers, but we chose, if necessary, to suffer that criticism for the greater cause of enlarging the audience of people who will hear the truth of Scripture about Jesus Christ.


Q: Making changes is never easy.  So where do I start?

Making big and lasting changes in our lives is never easy—whether it’s changes in the way we relate to others, the way we manage our time, the way we use our money, the way we do our work, or the way we treat our bodies. Whenever we want to improve or change something, we usually start out with great enthusiasm and hopeful expectations, but over time, those feelings fade, and so does our resolve. That is why the key to long-lasting success is to develop new, positive habits that replace our self-defeating behaviors. The Bible speaks of “putting off our old self and putting on a new self,” which includes our habits (Ephesians 4:22).

Our habits control our lives. We shape our habits; then our habits shape us. Too often, popular diet fads offer fast formulas, easy pills, and secret cures that supposedly will melt the fat away. By contrast, The Daniel Plan helps you to face the truth about yourself and your relationship to God, to food, to your purpose in life, and to other people. This book is an introduction to get you started on the right pathway, on a journey that will cultivate new habits that will last a lifetime.

Q:  What should I do first?

Go to START and complete your free health profile.  Get a copy of The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life and learn everything you need to know to get started.  Invite a few friends to start a small group and do the 6 Week Study together.


How do I start a Daniel Plan Small Group?

It’s easy! Invite a few friends to start a small group and do the 6 Week Study together.  Order your materials and simply decide when and where you will meet each week.

How do I get connected to the social media community?

Join the broader Daniel Plan community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Tell Your Story

We would love to hear from you. Write us at  info@danielplan.com


Why do I get an error message when I try to input my numbers into my health profile?

The Health Profile form is designed to accept whole numbers only. You will get an error message if you attempt to enter a decimal.

How can I edit/update my profile and measurements?

To verify/edit your Health Profile baseline measurements and to track your daily progress, click here.

Can I have more than one profile using the same PC?

Yes. Simply "sign-out" of your first profile and then create a new or "Sign-in" with a second, third, etc.

Why won’t the system accept my email address? Why can’t I sign in?

If you're trying to create a Saddleback Church account (needed to create your Daniel Plan Health Profile) and are having technical difficulties, please call (949) 609-8000 and ask to be transferred to extension 4443.