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What Is the Jack LaLanne Diet?

Jack LaLanne, the founding father of America’s fitness movement, was a strong advocate for healthy eating and physical fitness. The Jack LaLanne diet grew out of a life experience that depicts the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. The makings of this lifestyle follow a two-pronged approach that combines a plant-based diet with regular exercise. Unlike so many other diet systems, the Jack LaLanne diet works for people of all ages and not just the young or middle-aged.

The Inspiration Behind the Jack LaLanne Diet

At the age of 15, Jack LaLanne suffered from a range of debilitating illnesses, to the point where he became a shut-in and stopped attending school. In an attempt to help her son get better, Jack’s mother took him to a lecture held by Paul C. Bragg, a pioneering nutritionist in the late 1920s. Bragg spoke on a new approach to health and wellness that centered around a healthy diet and lifestyle.

In effect, what Jack learned during the lecture changed his life.

From that point on, Jack LaLanne had a new lease on life. He completely changed his diet (which was predominantly cakes, ice cream, and pies) to healthy foods. Jack also began a consistent exercise regimen as part of a healthy lifestyle. The end result produced yet another pioneer in the health and fitness field, the Jack LaLanne we know today.

What’s the Jack LaLanne Diet About?

Healthy Eating

Jack LaLanne’s philosophy on diet can be summed up in one of the many sayings he was known for: “If man made it, don’t eat it.” Man-made foods encompass a wide assortment of items, including processed foods, sugar, and white flour. LaLanne considered these types of food poison to the body’s natural, internal environment. For LaLanne, healthy eating entailed a plant-based diet made up of raw fruits and vegetables. The basis of the LaLanne diet centers on consuming a minimum of five cups of fruits and vegetables a day. This was considered a new, radical approach, back in LaLanne’s time. Today, scientific studies have long proven that people who follow these guidelines experience many health benefits as a result, including:

  • Stronger immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lean body mass
  • Lower risk for heart disease
  • Lower risk for diabetes
  • Lower risk for cancer

Processed Foods

No Food Additives and Drugs

The Jack LaLanne diet approach views food additives and drugs as a main cause for mental and physical illness. Additives are designed to alter the physical makeup of food, preserve it, make it taste better, and make it look more appealing. In the process, the nutrient content in food becomes depleted. In turn, the body misses out on the materials it needs to maintain good health.

As physical health declines, telltale symptoms, such as aches and pains and depression, start to develop. LaLanne attributes the widespread use of medicinal drugs, recreational drugs, and alcohol to the failing health of the body. When the body receives the nutrients it needs through healthy eating, there’s no longer a need for drugs or alcohol.

Staying Active at All Ages

Jack LaLanne was well known for his muscular physique and overall fitness throughout his life. Not surprisingly, exercise is the other major component of the Jack LaLanne diet. Regardless of whether you’re 30 or 80 years old, fit or disabled, an ongoing exercise regimen that includes strength training and cardiovascular exercise are essential to maintaining good health.

The human body’s design craves movement and exercise, which is why an inactive lifestyle breeds so many physical and emotional problems. In other words, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose the ability to use it sooner than you should. Medical studies have shown over and over again that regular exercise helps keep your weight down, lowers blood pressure, and helps keep cholesterol levels in check. Jack LaLanne was an ardent proponent for physical fitness long before it became common knowledge.

Running shoes and fitness equipment

Healthy Eating and Exercise—Simple Changes Bring Huge Results

Jack LaLanne and Paul C. Bragg are two of the three people that inspired Reverend Malkmus to create the Hallelujah Diet. The Hallelujah diet gives the body everything it needs to function at its optimal best for years to come. Even within the context of today’s thriving healthcare system, following a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise can mean the difference between robust health and developing diseases that inevitably lead to premature death.


  1. Sally Aversa July 29, 2020

    Love Paul Bragg and jack la lane!

  2. Hadassah October 16, 2020

    Good info. I remember Jack LaLanne. Exercised with him on T.V. when my children were young. BTW Appreciate HA ( now HD) for making possible an unforgettable winter of wonderful experiences not the least of which was a lot of learning that has benefited us over the years. Thank you! We love you!

    • Melody Hord October 16, 2020

      Hi Hadassah, Y’all blessed Hallelujah Diet! GREAT workers you were!!

  3. Michael Berry October 16, 2020

    Great! I remember Jack Lalanne exercising on Tv and doing feats of strength in his Seventies He is one of the people I point to encourage people in recovering health, the other is you. Thanks Dr Malkmus and Hallalujah acres team Mike Berry

  4. Elizabeth Bell October 16, 2020

    What do you consider and recommend for a safe cooking pots, easy to clean, non stick.


    • Melody Hord October 27, 2020

      Hi Elizabeth, I recently saw some ceramic pans called Green Pan that look great.

  5. I tried o find out what the Jack Lalanne diet was but on your website it just repeats the same stuff over and over but never tells me what the diet was or is……same wording and all….over and over…and over again….help!!
    This website is Crazy!!! Now it’s saying I said that before…….I have NEVER written anything on this website….What seems to be the problem?

    • Melody Hord October 19, 2020

      Hi Peggy!
      There’s not much information here on Jack LaLanne’s diet and supplements. He did eat whole foods rather than refined sugar and highly processed ones. He promoted juicing. In various places on-line it appears he ate fish. I’m sure that all the working out he did helped him stay healthy.

  6. Love Jack Lalanne and Paul Bragg. I’ve been drinking Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar daily for years with 26 viitamins recommended by by both of them, nobody can guess I’m 72, they say I look like I’m in my 50’s.

    • Melody Hord October 20, 2020

      Hi Cynthia! How do you drink the vinegar? Just mix in water? Thanks, Melody

  7. Hi Peggy ..Jack LaLanne ate fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and fish. He was not a fan of carbs except fruits . His passion for exercise along with his mental attitude of not harboring negativity attitude and thankfulness was also contributed toward his health. There are books on his life you can read also .

  8. Hi Peggy ..Perhaps you would enjoy reading books regarding his life. In these books you will find his philosophy regarding health.

  9. Hi Peggy , “Live Young Forever “ is one of Jack LaLannes Books . You might enjoy reading that.

  10. Truth be known November 7, 2020

    Clearly the author is a vegan propagandist. Conveniently left out the fact that jack ate eggs and fish on a near daily basis. Have some integrity when you write.

  11. Annette Whitworth December 14, 2020

    I had not never heard of this diet before. When I started reading it, my eyes was open to so much more stuff. Im very greatful for the HA diet and reading more about Paul Braggs. I will continue to change my life style with eating more healthy foods and continue to do excerising too. Thanks

  12. Thank you for this article and the reminder of healthy eating and how it helps our bodies.

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