The Mayo Clinic Diet

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It would depend of course on which Mayo Clinic Diet to which you are referring. The first one called the Mayo Clinic Diet has been around a long time and has been completely debunked by the actual Mayo Clinic. There are many variations on this diet out there and can be recognized by the expectation to live on cholesterol-laden eggs, high protein (including saturated fats) and enough grapefruit to sink a battleship. With promises of losing upwards of 50lbs in 10 weeks, we need to remember the old adage “if it sounds to good to be true….” This Mayo Clinic Diet is a fad and has absolutely nothing to do with the Mayo Clinic.


Now the Official Mayo Clinic Diet is authorized and sanctioned by the Mayo Clinic and is adamant that it is not a diet at all, but a lifestyle. Based on research and clinical experience obtained through the Mayo Clinic its main premise is a pyramid of food groups with absolutely nothing in the forbidden category. It also states that to work effectively it needs to be combined with physical activity and a plan. Goal setting that is not based on “how many pounds to lose” but rather “I will add 2 servings of veggies to my diet” or “I will eliminate 2 servings of higher fat foods”. All goals are to be both qualitative and quantitative (i.e. how much and how long.) Their website is both informative and user friendly; if unspectacular.


The Tortoise and the Hare can only compare to these two diets of the same name. The true Mayo Clinic Diet, developed by the reputable Mayo Clinic, is slow, steady, and safe and the other, well I would expect the hare to drop over in cardiac arrest just feet from the finish line.

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