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Rick Warren reveals his transformation after tragedy with 'Daniel Plan' diet

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Popular pastor of a large church, Rick Warren's life seemed to be ideal. And then came tragedy: His 27-year-old son, who had borderline personality disorder, committed suicide. After trying to comfort himself with food and gaining a dangerous amount of weight, Warren succeeded in turning his life around. He talked with the co-hosts of "The View" on December 6 about his transformation in the wake of tragedy.

Helped by the medical expertise of Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Daniel Amen, Warren decided to create a plan that he could follow and share with the members of the congregation, most of whom were overweight as well. With the focus on healthy lifestyles, the result is the book "The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life" (click for details).

The faith-based plan involves making a commitment to transforming different aspects of your life. And Warren literally practiced what he preaches in the book. In addition to following a plant-based diet, he began an exercise program.

But beyond diet and exercise, "The Daniel Plan" involves faith, focus and friends, with the latter coming from Warren's congregation. More than 15,000 of his church members lost over 260,000 pounds in their first year on the plan.

Although the diet change may be hard for some to stomach, the authors emphasize that the keys to success are avoiding sugar, junk food and most processed foods.

Talking with CBS News on December 4, co-author Hyman noted that following the plan "just for ten days gives you a jump start to reset your metabolism and then people feel better."

And although the authors emphasize that community plays an important role, they have also created a journal to help you be accountable to yourself. Included in that journal are encouraging Bible quotes, areas to track your progress and tips on following the plan: "Daniel Plan Journal: 40 Days to a Healthier Life (click for more information).

The daily reflections provide spiritual food for thought, such as "Let's make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God" from Corinthians.

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