If you have ever tried to lose weight, only to fail, then you know just how difficult it can be. Perhaps you have heard of the Mayo Diet and thought it sounded like an eating plan that was developed by one of the most prestigious medical facilities in the world. The truth about the Mayo Diet is that it, in its most popular form, has been misnamed. There may be diet plans that have been developed or endorsed by the Mayo Clinic, but the one typically labeled as the “Mayo Diet” was not.
The question is not so much who developed any particular diet, but whether or not it works.
The Mayo Diet is actually a variation of the grapefruit diet that so many people have tried. The Mayo Diet’s foundation is grapefruit, lean protein, and salads. Carbohydrates are very limited, though not 100% forbidden. This diet is low in calories, so should not be done on a long-term basis. The creators of the diet recommend that you follow it for twelve days, eat normally for two days, and then return to the diet. This seems a bit extreme, but you should be able to see noticeable results within a week or so.
For breakfast you may have something like two strips of bacon, two eggs, one cup of black coffee, and one half of a grapefruit. A typical lunch is lean meat, salad (with a drizzle of dressing), and one half of a grapefruit. Supper could be fish, non-starch vegetables, and one half of a grapefruit. You can also have an eight-ounce glass of tomato juice or skim milk before bedtime.
As you may have noticed, the Mayo diet is heavy on the grapefruit. The reason for this is that some people believe that grapefruit either speeds up the metabolism or has some other weight-reducing effect during the digestive process. Science has since discredit these notions, but the diet itself still seems to work.
It all comes down to a simple formula: you can only lose weight by burning more calories than your body stores. Therefore, if you reduce the total number of calories you take in, you will lose weight. But only to a point. The problem is that if you reduce calories too much, your body will go into starvation mode and store more calories. The trick is to reduce caloric intake without tripping the starvation mode trigger.
The Mayo Diet does have some strong points. For example, it does try to get rid of refined carbohydrates which are normally empty calories. It certainly has you eating fruit, and the lean protein is generally healthy. However, you should be careful to not get carried away with it, and try to eat a balanced diet. It’s always a good idea to get some exercise as well because that’s how you burn off some extra calories. The truth about the Mayo Diet is that it isn’t anything particularly special, but it may be able to help you to lose some weight, and that’s what really counts.