PrayFit Diet: Using Faith to Lose Weight

The PrayFit Diet was created by exercise physiologist and New York Times bestselling author, Jimmy Peña. He is also a celebrity trainer whose clients have included LL Cool J, Tyler Perry and Mario Lopez.

Peña says his highest calling is to help people transform their bodies and souls through his unique approach to fitness. He believes that faith is a powerful tool for overcoming any obstacle, including your health.

On this program you can lose up to twenty pounds in thirty-three days.

PrayFit Diet Basics

The PrayFit Diet combines spiritual motivation with a perfectly portioned meal plan to help you achieve your goals.

Eat in Balance

PrayFit explains you don’t need to count calories or food groups in order to lose weight. Instead he advocates a diet that focuses on whole foods and clean eating with a perfect balance of:

  • 33 percent carbohydrates
  • 33 percent protein
  • 33 percent fat

This macronutrient balance can increase energy levels, decrease inflammation, improve cholesterol and blood pressure, and promote healthy blood sugar levels.

PrayFit includes a 33-day meal plan, which provides between 1500-1700 calories per day.

Purposeful Proteins

Clean and lean sources of protein promote fat-burning, muscle repair, and keep you feeling full for longer.

These include:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Ground turkey
  • Salmon
  • Flank steak
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • String cheese
  • Nuts

Complex Carbohydrates

High-fiber, complex carbs provide steady energy to fuel your workouts and improve brain function and overall wellbeing. Examples are:

  • Oatmeal
  • Beans
  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Dark Green Vegetables

Healthy Fats

Monounsaturated fats found in olive oil, avocado, and peanut butter can reduce your cholesterol levels.

Polyunsaturated fats such as in salmon, walnuts and sunflower seeds improve cardiovascular health, reduce cancer risk, and enhance fat-burning.

Expressing Faith Through Healthy Living

PrayFit emphasizes food should fuel your life, not rule your life. Faith can be a powerful tool for overcoming obstacles, which includes your health and weight loss challenges.

The book’s goal is to help everyone see improving their health as a way to serve their community, family and most importantly, God. When you take care of yourself you have a greater capacity to be of service and spread God’s message.

The PrayFit diet provides Biblical inspiration encouraging readers to become to embrace health as an act of worship.

Sample Meal Plan


½ cup Coconut-Apricot Granola
1 ½ cups nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt


Roasted Beet Salad
3 oz grilled shrimp

Afternoon Snack

2 oz deli turkey
1 banana


6 oz salmon roasted with 1 tablespoon olive oil and chili powder
3 corn tortillas
½ cup salsa
Shredded lettuce
Hot sauce

Exercise Recommendations

Jimmy Peña has created DVDs to help dieters achieve their weight loss goals. These include:

  1. Prayfit: 33-Day Total Body Challenge
  2. Prayfit 33-Day Body Toning System

Costs and Expenses

The PrayFit Diet: The Revolutionary, Faith-Based Plan to Balance Your Plate and Shed Weight retails at $16.


  • Encourages consumption of a variety of whole foods.
  • Does not require unusual or difficult-to-find ingredients.
  • Incorporates a faith element, which will appeal to Christian dieters.
  • Includes a 33-day meal plan with recipes and shopping lists.
  • Diet plan is based on scientific research.


  • Dieters may have to give up some of their favorite foods.
  • Some individuals experience reduced energy on a low carbohydrate diet.
  • Meal plan may not provide enough calories for physically active dieters.
  • Could require a greater time investment for meal preparation.
  • Does not include a vegetarian meal plan.
  • Will probably not appeal to non-Christian dieters.

A Faith Based Diet

The PrayFit Diet uses a faith-based approach to weight loss that focuses on creating a life that is both spiritually and physically healthy.

Christian readers are encouraged to pursue diet and fitness as a form of praise. However, the author maintains that the diet will work for all faiths.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)


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Last Reviewed: March 29, 2021