Fasting like an Old Testament prophet gains followers during Lent

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Members of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., show how much weight they've lost on the church's "Daniel Plan" diet. Pastor Rick Warren has already lost 60 pounds, and hopes to lose 30 more using the faith-based diet plan. RNS photo courtesy Toby Crabtree/Saddleback Church.

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(RNS) The Daniel Fast diet is gaining popularity during Lent, when participants will eat only food from seeds, drink only water and practice daily devotions. Proponents say it gives new meaning to Jesus' sacrifice -- and can be good for a nation that could afford to shed a few pounds.