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Mayo Clinic

      The "Mayo Clinic" is a diet that has never been approved by the Mayo Clinic. In fact, the Mayo Clinic goes out of it's way to point out that they do not think the diet is nutritious, healthful or that it contributes to long term, successful weight loss.

The "Mayo Clinic" diet is a low carbohydrate, high protein diet plan. It generally allows a person to eat as much of the prescribed foods as they desire. It encourages many fried, high fat foods and encourages a person to eat until they feel stuffed.

The Mayo Clinic Diet is based on the idea that some foods have certain natural fat burning agents that can help an individual to lose weight. The Mayo Clinic diet completely eliminates all sugars and starches from the diet, and limits caffeine intake. This is based on the belief that the diet helps balance insulin levels. Desserts, breads, white vegetables and sweet potatoes are forbidden. The diet also claims you can double or triple your helpings of meats, salads and vegetables. Advocates of this diet plan suggest that you can eat whatever you want as long as you incorporate certain foods into each meal. They are bacon, salad and grapefruit.

There are many versions of the "Mayo Clinic" Diet. One is outlined below.


1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice.
2 Eggs any style
2 Slices of bacon
Black coffee or tea, no sugar


1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice.
Salad and or raw veggies (any dressing, {not low fat or fat free})
Meat (Cooked any way)


1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice.
Meat (cooked any way)
Vegetables (any green or red, may be cooked in butter or Seasoning or a salad as above)
Black coffee or tea, no sugar


(opt) 8oz Tomato juice or skim milk


1. At all meals, eat until you are full and unable to eat anymore.
2. Do not eliminate anything from the diet.
3. The grapefruit is vital to the diet.
4. Limit coffee intake to one cup each meal.
5. Don't eat between meals.
6. The diet may eliminate sugars and starches, but allows for much fat.
7. Do not eat desserts, breads and white vegetables of sweet potatoes.
8. Expect no weight loss until the 4th day. Up to 5 pounds will disappear on day 5. Expect to lose 1-2 pounds a day from day 6 on.
9. Drink 8 glasses (8oz.) of water every day.

All the experts agree that this diet doesn't work for long term weight loss. As well, it contains no complex carbohydrates, often resulting in feeling weak and unable to concentrate. As well, the premise the diet is based on - that grapefruit contains enzymes that enable our body to burn fat for energy - has been proven false.
The popularity of this diet likely rests on the fact that one can eat as much as one likes, often of high fat foods. As well, the diet promises one can loose 20 pounds in a period of 2 weeks.

The Mayo Clinic's Health Living Centers provides excellent advice and research about diet and nutrition. Excellent resources about diets and nutrition are offered by the website.

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