The New Beverly Hills Diet
What Is the New Beverly Hills Diet?
The New Beverly Hills Diet centers on "conscious combining" -- eating the right foods at the right time.
The original Beverly Hills Diet began with a highly restrictive 42-day initiation phase. The new one forgoes many of the earlier extremes, and now, according to its author, meets recommended standards for a balanced weekly diet.
Note the phrase "balanced weekly diet." As far as Judy Mazel is concerned, our dietary troubles began when we adopted a 3-square-meals-a-day plan, and they'd soon be over if we stopped combining carbohydrates with proteins, proteins with carbohydrates, and fruit with anything.
"It isn't what you eat or how much you eat that makes you fat," maintains Mazel, a dietary and lifestyle counselor, "it is when you eat and what you eat together!"
For those who thrive on lots of positive reinforcement, are very fond of fruit, and who cope best when armed with affirmations, then this diet book may suit you.
What You Can Eat on The New Beverly Hills Diet
In The New Beverly Hills Diet, proteins go with proteins (and fats), carbohydrates go with carbohydrates (and fats), and fruit stands alone.
The day begins with any one of about a dozen enzymatic fruits, such as pineapple, strawberries, grapes, or watermelon.
Enjoy the fruit you choose without limit, but wait an hour before switching from one fruit to another, and two hours before eating carbohydrates, fats, or protein. Once you do eat from one of these other groups, fruit is banished for the rest of the day.
If the next thing you eat after the fruit is a carbohydrate, you can eat carbs without restriction until you consume protein. Once you have even a little protein -- a splash of milk in your coffee, for example -- 80% of everything you eat for the rest of the day must be protein.
Where do beverages fit? Fruit juices and wine can pinch hit for fruit, while most other alcohol falls under Mazel's carbohydrate group. Champagne is considered neutral "and goes with anything," says Mazel.
One meal a day can be considered "open," where carbs and protein freely fraternize: Burgers with fries, for example, or shrimp with rice. However, if that open meal occurs at lunch, once again 80% of the food you eat for the rest of the day should be strictly protein.
Mazel maintains that you can expect a 10- to 15-pound loss in the program's 35-day initiation phase.
How The New Beverly Hills Diet Works
Food doesn't cause weight gain, maintains Mazel -- inefficiently digested food does. "When you mix too many foods from the different food groups together ... you confuse the enzymes and this prompts a weight gain," she says.
Fats, carbohydrates, and proteins are the food groups Mazel refers to, and while fats aren't a big part of the discussion in her plan, carbs and proteins are.