The Mayo Clinic Diet - Eat Well. Enjoy Life. Lose Weight

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#1 New York Times bestseller. From Mayo Clinic, a leading authority on health and nutrition, comes The Mayo Clinic Diet, the last diet you'll ever need, with two highly workable phases- "Live It!" and "Lose It!"

From Mayo Clinic, a leading authority on health and nutrition, comes The Mayo Clinic Diet, designed to be the last diet you'll ever need. In two simple phases, you'll be on the road to a healthy weight for the rest of your life. Packed with lots of extra encouragement — meal planners, recipes, tips for ...

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestseller. From Mayo Clinic, a leading authority on health and nutrition, comes The Mayo Clinic Diet, the last diet you'll ever need, with two highly workable phases- "Live It!" and "Lose It!"

From Mayo Clinic, a leading authority on health and nutrition, comes The Mayo Clinic Diet, designed to be the last diet you'll ever need. In two simple phases, you'll be on the road to a healthy weight for the rest of your life. Packed with lots of extra encouragement — meal planners, recipes, tips for overcoming challenges, starting an exercise plan, and much more — The Mayo Clinic Diet gives you everything you need in one book. Toss out the scales and calculators and pick up the foods you love. This is the diet you've been waiting for!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Just in time for New Year's resolutions, experts from the Mayo Clinic present a well-rounded plan for dieting right. Editor-in-chief Donald Hensrud, chair of the Mayo Clinic's Preventive and Occupational Medicine division, packs this straightforward guide with useful tips, concise lists, charts, and color photos. Eschewing fads and quick fixes, the diet sticks to an involved, long-term, but indisputable plan for those willing to make significant lifestyle changes. Part one, “Lose It,” includes a two-week intro program designed to result in six to 10 pounds of weight loss, provided readers take up five new habits, including eating breakfast and upping their intake of whole grains, while quitting five old habits, like eating in front of the TV. Part two, “Live It,” modifies those techniques to sustain one to two pounds of weight loss a week. Part three helps readers with immediate and long-term challenges like behavior modification and stress, as well as meal planning and eating out. Efficiently organized with convenient reference points, this is a worthy guide for any determined dieter. (Jan.)
The Houston Chronicle
It was a couple years in the making, and despite contrary belief, has never been done before. The famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has just released its first diet book, aptly titled The Mayo Clinic Diet. It does not involve existing on cabbage soup or grapefruit, but rather is a comprehensive, easy-to-read strategy that offers quick results in two weeks, followed by habits and tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Marie Claire
I wanted a healthful, long-term plan, but I also needed to be bikini-ready in just six weeks. I gravitated to The Mayo Clinic Diet, the trusted hospital's first-ever weight-loss book, because it isn't a rigid eat-this-not-that meal plan, but more of a food-pyramid inspired puzzle.
Womens World
After years of testing, Mayo Clinic pros have taken all the best weight-loss research in the world and distilled it into a no-fuss two-week program.
Time.com
The book gives helpful step-by-step instructions on how to evaluate ones current weight situation, set goals and get started.
Library Journal
There is a lot to like in this new diet book produced by the medical professionals of the Mayo Clinic. Based on the highly respected research and clinical experience of the clinic's weight-loss experts, this guide brings together some of their best recommendations and insights for us all. It is clearly organized with a detailed table of contents, which allows readers to target a particular area of interest immediately. The layout is colorful, with nicely sized type, spacious formatting, and a skillful use of inserts to draw attention to key points. The "Yes, I Can" boxes offer reframing techniques to keep motivation high. This reviewer particularly liked the "Action Guide to Weight Loss Barriers" chapter that lists common complaints and excuses that prevent healthy lifestyle changes and offers positive strategies for overcoming them. VERDICT While not presenting groundbreaking insights for dieters, this smartly organized resource does one better, with sound guidance for making positive lifestyle changes that will translate to longer-term weight loss.—Crystal Renfro, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561486762
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 114,487
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy that the needs of the patient come first. Over 3,600 physicians and scientists and 50,000 allied staff work at Mayo, which has sites in Rochester, Minn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Collectively, Mayo Clinic treats more than 500,000 patients a year. For more than 100 years, millions of people from all walks of life have found answers at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic works with many insurance companies, does not require a physician referral in most cases and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

    Why all the negative reviews? The diet really works!

    I don't understand all the negativity of the reviews posted here. Did these people try to apply the principles of the diet that are so clearly laid out in the book?

    I've successfully completed the "Lose It" phase of the diet and lost 8 lbs. I'm transitioning to the "Live It" phase and am feeling more healthy every day.

    I hope more people can find success with this sensible diet from Mayo Clinc.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Another resource that can help the ready reader

    I have done alot of reviews on here. But, as a personal fitness trainer, I feel I need to read as much as I can. This book is well laid-out, and offers dieting advice that is pretty straight forward. So, if you are looking to lose weight, and feel that you have the right mindset to finally accomplish your goals---then this is a solid book for you. My challenge with this (or any diet book)is that it before anyone who needs or wants to lose weight should starting dieting---they should really mentally and emotionally prepare themselves to do it in a positive frame of mind. That is why, "Build Your Mind, Your Body Will Follow" is the first book that I give ALL my clients. Once they have read it (and it takes about 3-4 days to read), they are in a positive, motivated mindframe and they stick to any diet and exercise regimen MUCH MUCH better! SO, get motivated with "Build Your Mind, Your Body Will Follow" and then jump into this diet book! You WILL see results, and be happy while working hard for them!

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Make a change

    The Mayo Clinic Diet is not much of a "diet" but a complete transformation of your eating habits. The book makes the diet easy to follow and understand with many delicious recipes. Once you start the diet you start feeling healthier and more energized and just really good about yourself. It changes the way you see eating, not as an enemy but as an enjoyable part of life that will make you look and feel amazing. This diet focuses on eating by the food pyramid. I know, most of you will say you hate the pyramid or it's impossible to eat like that. All of us have learned about the pyramid in school and well it seems to keep changing. However, this book helps you easily understand it and you'll start to love it! Crazy right? You won't know until you try!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

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    Disappointing, and inaccuarte information

    The Mayo Clinic Diet is selling because it is Mayo clinic, but it has no information that was helpful to me, eat right and develop good eating habits. Really? The writing is juvenile and they lump protein with dairy to recommend 7 servings, are they out of their mind? Or are they endorsed by the dairy industry? Stay away. I recommend their journal and the Perfect 10 diet instead.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    Finally!!!

    This is the only diet book you will need. I have tried numerous diet books that have failed or just where to difficult to understand. I am a 45 yr old woman; and this book is just perfect for me. The recipes are easy to make and are delicious.

    I recommend this book highly to anyone who REALLY wants to lose the weight for good!!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Lifestyle nutrition is a good thing

    I read the book and really look at it as a lifestyle change and not a diet. I guess that's the point of it: to really look at incorporating healthy eating and learn to substitute, on a life long basis, healthy foods, wholegrains, low fat protein and increase the array of fruits and vegetables that are eaten. Really it is meant to rid us of much of the processed foods and fast foods we eat, these are indeed the foods that make us sick, these are the foods that are killing us slowly.
    In adopting the dietary guidelines in the book, my family has found there is less craving for junk foods as time goes by: we are substituting fruits for sweet desserts and candy, whole grains for chips, hummus for hamburgers and fries. The fast food has less and less appeal, since we crave the fruits and vegetables that we can eat without limit.
    My weight loss is about 6 pounds a month, I am not starving. I feel good. I am not obsessed with food. What more can I ask from a so-called diet?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Healthful, helpful

    The Mayo 'diet' isn't a diet at all really, it is an entirely different way to think about how we eat. It is full of common sense ideas about the size of our portions and about what a healthy plate of food should look like proportionately. I have just begun to delve into it more deeply and I have to retrain my brain to think 'portions' and variety instead of 'points'.
    I haven't started using it for weight control yet, it takes some time to actually relearn how to eat. But I am sure I will be healthier and maintain my ideal weight with the help of this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Almost a good diet book

    I did the two week quick start, billed at losing 6-10 pounds, and lost about 3 pounds. I followed it quite closely; perhaps the issue was that my eating wasn't so bad before I started this diet.
    Things I like about the book: emphasis on fruits and vegetables, the Action Guide on weight loss barriers and how to counter them (for instance, dealing with travel or eating when stressed, depressed, or bored), and the emphasis on whole grains.
    Things I didn't like: doesn't seem to provide the nutrition needed by someone who works out regularly. At my ht/wt it calls for a 1200 calorie diet, but I've gone through testing and my min daily requirements are 1400 with minimal activity. Even though the plan calls for 30-60 minutes of activity daily, the calories and the small amount of protein and dairy don't seem to be adequate. Also, there is no attention to building up metabolism. So the plan calls for no snacks or only snacks of fruits/vegetables, yet reading about metabolism leads me to think that eating 5-6 small meals daily is more optimal.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Disappointing

    I was expecting more. Most of this information is available on their web site.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    Average book

    Average book and it was nor impressed by limited menu choices.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Processed foods should not part of your diet

    I have a master's degree in nutrition and thought the Mayo Clinic Diet can help my clients. I bought the book only to find the book recommends processed foods such as evaporated milk with means means trans fats, trans fat-free magarine made with processed oils. It is shame that people here thought it is a great book to be a besteller such dangerous food choices.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2010

    Save your money

    Looks and reads like a third grade. This book looks and reads like an elementary school text book. I couldn't get past the first few pages without feeling patronized. Whoever designed and wrote this must spend most of their time writing for elementary school students. I was put-off by the presentation which would be more suited in teaching 10 year olds about nutrition. If you are buying this to increase your own knowledge and understanding about diets, you will not only be disappointed but will also be insulted by the juvenile approach that is taken.

    So here is the "Groundbreaking News"... Take note of these points and save yourself the $$ and irritation of getting this book.

    Do These Five Things (Duh?)
    1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
    2. Eat Vegetables and Fruits
    3. Eat Whole Grains
    4. Eat healthy fats such as olive oil, vegetable oils, and nuts
    5. Exercise

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Mayo Clinic Diet really works.

    This book along with it's companion journal is what I needed to move me in the right direction. I've lost 10 lbs. in 2 weeks as the cover of the book indicated was possible. I'm feeling great and looking forward to looking even better!

    While some of the negative reviews posted here have faulted the book for it's writing style, I found the book easy to read and understand. The ease of use makes it a lifestyle that even young persons could begin to follow. Aren't we hearing a lot about child obesity lately? The pictures and bullet points allow the reader to quickly grasp the important points.

    My doctor says that I'm the proof he needs to recommend this diet to other patients.

    The book contains sensible advice and isn't a fad that will fade.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Stay away

    I bought this book, the Spark diet, Flat belly for men, and the Perfect 10 Diet last week. I figured one of these diets can help me lose the 20 pounds that I put on during the holidays. I find the Mayo clinic Diet to be juvenile in its writing, treating me like a kid, and slopy in its writing style. Eat right and exercise is the message. Great! That's just the advice I need to shed 20 dollars and bucks for. Stay away.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    stttooopppppppppppppppp

    Dont do it walk by my mom has this she is 61

    2 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    highly recommend

    If your serious in making a life change, this book is for you. It is easy to follow, and full of great help, for you to start making those changes. I found it well worth the purchase.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2010

    I should have read the reviews and saved my money

    I got this book after it hit the bestseller list in the NY Times. I figured people must know what they are doing. Wrong! We elected Mr. Bush for 2 terms after all. I should have read all the bad reviews here and on the internet to know it was juvenile, poor information, and includes processed foods. Learn from me, save your money.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2010

    Wrong information on the Mayo Clinic Diet

    They say saturated fats are bad but I just read this on line

    No link between Saturated Fat and CHD or CVD

    Am J Clin Nutr (January 13, 2010). doi:10.3945/ajcn.2009.27725
    © 2010 American Society for Clinical Nutrition

    Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease (1,2,3,4,5)
    Patty W Siri-Tarino, Qi Sun, Frank B Hu and Ronald M Krauss

    ABSTRACT

    Background: A reduction in dietary saturated fat has generally been thought to improve cardiovascular health.

    Objective: The objective of this meta-analysis was to summarize the evidence related to the association of dietary saturated fat with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD; CHD inclusive of stroke) in prospective epidemiologic studies.

    Design: Twenty-one studies identified by searching MEDLINE and EMBASE databases and secondary referencing qualified for inclusion in this study. A random-effects model was used to derive composite relative risk estimates for CHD, stroke, and CVD.

    Results: During 5-23 y of follow-up of 347,747 subjects, 11,006 developed CHD or stroke. Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD. The pooled relative risk estimates that compared extreme quantiles of saturated fat intake were 1.07 (95% CI: 0.96, 1.19; P = 0.22) for CHD, 0.81 (95% CI: 0.62, 1.05; P = 0.11) for stroke, and 1.00 (95% CI: 0.89, 1.11; P = 0.95) for CVD. Consideration of age, sex, and study quality did not change the results.

    Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    Third grade information

    This is an a book that talks to readers if they were morons. In fact, you will be insulted with the juvenile style. After erading the first few pages, I felt that I should give it to my 6 year girl to practice her reading. The only problem, I did not want to damage her nutrition information. Evaporated milk? What is wrong with fresh milk? I really felt insulted with its style, and non sense information.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    Can you anyone spell cancer on that diet

    I bought his book with much anticipation, only to find another prestigious insitution got its facts all wrong. The Mayo Clinic Diet recommends processed meats such as ham, which are linked to colon cancer. Both my Mother and father died of colon cancer. I find it hard that a presitigious insitution has such dangerous recipes. They say it is about gettng healthy, well seeing both my parents die of this deadly disease, I would say this diet will not get you healthy. It is a shame.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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