The Mayo Clinic Diet
The Mayo Clinic Diet: How It Works continued...
This initial phase focuses on learning how to create healthy lifestyle
habits. In this phase you will:
- Add five healthy habits, such as eating breakfast, or eating more fruits
- Break five unhealthy habits, such as giving up sugar, or substituting
fruits and vegetables for unhealthy snacks.
- Adopt five bonus habits, such as keeping food and activity records, or
The second phase, called "Live It!" gives you the tools and techniques you
need to sustain the healthy habits you learned in the first phase,
- Setting weight loss goals.
- Eating according to the Mayo Healthy Weight Pyramid.
- Understanding portions.
- Being more physically active.
Expect weight loss to slow to 1-2 pounds per week during the Live It! phase;
it can also work as a maintenance plan.
The Mayo Clinic Diet: What the Experts Say
Most people know they need to eat less and exercise more, but they don't
know how to go about it.
Ruth Frechman, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, says
she gives The Mayo Clinic Diet a thumbs-up because it gives dieters
simple recommendations and tools and teaches them how to lose weight in a fun
and encouraging way.
"It is a reliable approach for the entire family, whether you want to lose
or maintain weight, because it is based on eating healthy food and becoming
more active," she says.
However, she warns that it may be unrealistic to expect to lose 6-10 pounds
during the initial "Lose It!" phase of the diet. "In my 20 years of experience
helping patients lose weight, most people lose about 1% of their weight in a
week," she says, "so a 200-pound person will average a 2-pound loss, and that
includes initial fluid loss."
The Mayo Clinic Diet: Food for Thought
The Mayo Clinic Diet is more than a diet. It's a template to help
dieters change their lifestyles to achieve real and lasting weight control.
Based on the latest scientific research and delivered in an easy-to-understand
and motivating style, The Mayo Clinic Diet is a standout among the diet
plans on the market.
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her
opinions and conclusions are her own.