The Daniel's 24-day fast menu is designed as a way for people to make a meaningful spiritual connection with God by abstaining from popular and commonly enjoyed foods and was not intended to be used for weight loss or to incorporate healthier eating habits, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network. However, the Daniel fast can help participants develop healthier eating habits by priming their bodies for nutritional eating with fruits and vegetables.
The Daniel fast can also help participants lose weight if they are consuming fewer calories than usual. The Daniel fast is usually completed over 21 days though a participant can extend the fast to 24 days. People who are on the Daniel fast must not eat any meat, dairy, sugar, yeast or sweeteners. They must also stay away from any processed foods or solid fats. Daniel fast participants are asked to choose foods that are within the fruits, whole grains, vegetables, nuts, oils, seeds and legumes food groups.
The Daniel fast was created by looking at the fasting of Daniel within the Bible. Daniel fasted because he had such a great love for God that he could depend more on spiritual food than on physical food.