Warning: There are two “Mayo Clinic Diets” out there. The first one was a bogus diet with an emphasis on eating grapefruits that was circling around for years, but was never a plan endorsed by the real Mayo Clinic. The second, which is the one being reviewed is based on the new book published by Good Books called, “The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat Well. Enjoy Life. Lose Weight.”


The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat Well, Enjoy Life, Lose Weight is an official weight loss program endorsed by the famed Mayo Clinic. Editor-in-Chief of the book Dr. Donald Hensrud, M.D., says, “It’s the healthiest way to lose weight quickly there is.” The plan breaks down into two phases, the Lose It phase which lasts two weeks, in which you are expected to lose 6-10lbs of fat. And the Live It phase, in which an ongoing weight loss of 1-2lbs is expected.

At the core of the plan is a focus on the Mayo Clinic food pyramid, (not to be mistaken with the USDA Food Guide Pyramid) and advocates a daily intake of unlimited fruits and veggies, 4-8 servings of carbs, 3-7 servings of protein, 3-5 servings of fat, and up to 75 calories a day of sweets.

The other emphasis is on exercise and maintaining an active lifestyle.


  • Sensible: This is a no nonsense approach to dieting; grounded in proven science.
  • Realistic: The food program itself, along with the goals they look to achieve are both realistic and doable.


  • One Dimensional: Being overweight is simply not a matter of calories in vs. calories out. Or even what type of foods you eat. A great deal has to do with motivation, and the ability to curb compulsive behavior. The Mayo Clinic Diet does not focus on these factors.

Bottom Line

This diet represents a fine alternative in the battle of the bulge. It offers a safe sane sensible approach to weigh loss, along with an emphasis on moderate exercise. Some might get better results with a more personalized approach that has a great emphasis on motivation and portion control.


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