The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy life. Lose weight.

The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy life. Lose weight.

by the weight-loss experts at Mayo Clinic


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ISBN-13: 9781561486762
Publisher: Da Capo Books
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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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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The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy life. Lose weight. 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Philadelphia3518 More than 1 year ago
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.
ocean_sanity More than 1 year ago
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!
FitnessAuthor More than 1 year ago
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!
bethcef More than 1 year ago
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?
tootieq More than 1 year ago
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.
Angeleyes777 More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Suz1234 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more. Most of this information is available on their web site.
Starlite2312 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
sherdenise on LibraryThing 25 days ago
nothing earth shattering here but I plan to try this plan out!
writestuff on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I don¿t diet. Ever. I hate the idea of measuring out portions, following rigid guidelines, and being limited to a specific number of calories per day. I also know all the statistics that show that diets don¿t work over the long haul.So, I was very happy to see that The Mayo Clinic Diet is not like other diets out there. The weight experts at the Mayo Clinic have put together a book which is not only colorful and easy to read, but makes losing weight more about lifestyle changes than about hard and fast dieting.The book is separated into three distinct parts.The first section is a two-week ¿jump start¿ program that requires little preparation but claims to help you lose 6-10 pounds in two weeks. Essentially it sets you up to add five healthy habits (including things like eating breakfast every morning, adding whole grains to your diet and eating healthy fats), getting rid of five unhealthy habits (such as not watching television while you eat and not eating in restaurants), and adopting five bonus habits (things like writing down your goals and keeping an activity log).The second section is a healthy lifestyle section which is focused on the long-term lifestyle changes which will help you maintain your weight (or continue to lose at a slower rate). Things I liked about this part of the book included visual representations of food servings (so you don¿t need to measure out serving sizes), and a list of calorie burning activities to add to your life.The final section of the book covers things like determining YOUR healthy weight, understanding nutrition and weight control, and barriers to weight loss (including motivational issues). There are some simple recipes and menus included in this last section as well, as well as a great section on adapting recipes for healthier eating.All sections include colorful, simple diagrams or photos, and easy to understand language. The book has an accompanying journal to track your progress and activity.Readers who have struggled with weight loss, or who don¿t want just another fad diet, will most likely find information in The Mayo Clinic Diet which will appeal to them. Some may find it almost too simplistic, but I see that as more of a strength of the book than a weakness.
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adroit More than 1 year ago
The book is filled with great diet information, not simply about food, but also considers psychological barriers to losing and maintaining weight loss. Several experts representing various disciplines, e.g., physician, dietitian, psychologist, etc., provide essential information from their perspective. The book is nicely laid out with easy to follow directions. There is also the Mayo Clinic web site for support and continuing discussion regarding dieting, exercising, etc. My very favorite diet book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think there are many negative reviews because people are looking for a quick fix, some secret to make them lose weight. The truth is, the answer is diet and exercise, this is difficult for a lot of people because it means a complete lifestyle change. I liked this book because it eased me into the transitions, and it made a point that I should not feel guilty when I "slipped", because I am human after all. There aren't many menus because this is a tool to help me make my own decisions. Now, I can grocery shop confidently without clutching a diet book to make sure that I'm not buying anything "wrong". It also was great because I am able to adapt recipes from the cookbooks I already own. The writing style was just fine. I was excited to get started and didn't want to spend a week reading a dry tome before I could get started. It is also nice for going back and finding something quickly. TL;DR version - it's easy to get started and read. But you have to be committed to change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The weight comes off quickly and it's as balanced diet.
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