Beverly Hills Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

new-beverly-hills-dietBeverly Hills Diet has been revamped since the original was published in 1981 and is regarded by many as being the first fad diet.

After losing 72 pounds on the original Beverly Hills Diet, the author Judy Mazel maintained her weight loss. Mazel died at the age of 63 from complications related to peripheral vascular disease.

The original diet commenced with a 42-day initiation phase, which was based largely on fruit. The New Beverly Hills diet is less extreme and Mazel stated that it now meets the recommended standards for a nutritionally balanced diet.

Dieters are told that they can expect a weight loss of 10-15 pounds in the initial 35 days of the program.

The New Beverly Hills Diet Basics

Food Combining

As with the original diet, the New Beverly Hills Diet is based on the concept of ‘conscious food combining’ . Mazel states that it is not what or how much you eat that causes weight gain but rather when and in what combinations the food is eaten. She claims that poor combinations lead to inefficient digestion that triggers weight gain.

The main rules for food combining according to this plan: 

  1. Proteins can be combined with fats
  2. Carbohydrates can be eaten with fats
  3. Fruit must be eaten alone 
  4. Champagne goes with everything

Daily Beverly Hills Diet Meals

Breakfast each day consists of fruit, which may be eaten, in unlimited amounts. However, only one fruit is to be eaten at a time. Dieters must wait one hour before switching from one fruit to another and two hours before eating any other types of foods. There are many days in the 35-day initiation plan where fruit is the only food consumed all day.

Once a meal based on carbohydrates, fats or protein is consumed dieters are not permitted to eat fruit for the remainder of the day. If the next meal is based on carbohydrates dieters may continue to eat carbohydrates without restriction until protein is consumed. As soon as any protein is eaten all the remaining meals must consist of at least 80% protein.

Dieters are permitted one free meal per day where they can combine carbs and protein however following this all meals eaten must follow the rule of containing at least 80% protein.

Recommended Foods

Fruits form the basis of this plan. Papaya is said to soften fat in the body, pineapple burns off the fat and watermelon flushes it out of the body.

Sample Day’s Meal Plan


Dried Apricots


Sandwich with avocado, tomato, lettuce and sprouts


Three veggies with rice

Look for more low Calorie recipes here.

Exercise Not Required

Exercise is not a requirement however Mazel does acknowledge its importance for cardiovascular health and emotional balance.

Costs and Expenses

The New Beverly Hills Diet retails at $14.95.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.


  • Promotes the intake of fruit and vegetables.
  • Good for people who like eating fruit.
  • Food preparation is simple.
  • Includes a 35-day meal plan with recipes.
  • No need for portion control or calorie counting.
  • No foods are forbidden.
  • Author is very positive and motivational.


  • The plan involves many days where dieters eat fruit only.
  • Some of the suggested tropical fruits may be difficult to find in some areas.
  • Initiation phase is very low in calories, deficient in many nutrients as well as being extremely deficient in protein, essential fats and minerals.
  • Includes many rules, which require dieters to keep track of foods eaten and which may be confusing.
  • Based on food combining which has not been proven to affect weight loss.
  • Does not teach dieters how to eat balanced meals for long-term weight loss.
  • Not based on established scientific principles.
  • Does not encourage exercise.

Low Calories NOT Food Combining

The reason people lose weight on this diet is probably due to restricting calories rather than the fat burning qualities that are attributed to specific fruits or the effects of food combining.

The new diet is slightly more balanced than the original Beverly Hills diet as it includes animal protein whereas the original plan was based on fruit only for the first ten days.

However, The Beverly Hills Diet is still is a low calorie diet that is also very low in protein, which will increase the risk of dieters losing muscle mass. The result of this will be a reduced metabolism that will make it highly likely that dieters will regain the weight when they resume normal eating.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • AutumnRevoir

    Judy, wherever you are now, know that I thank you and I love you. This is the easiest and most efficient diet I have ever done in my life, I never deprive myself of my favourite food (as you said, we are “eaters”), I’m doing this diet 2/3 your way, this is the 5th week and I keep losing weight. Oh, should I even call it as ‘diet’? You cannot not lose weight if you’re doing it right. I can even do 3 evenings per week eating a whole banquet for Chairman Mao (as Judy mentioned in her book) and hey, I’ve lost count on how many times people say, “Oh my gosh, you are really thin now.” and “Aren’t you on diet? Why are you eating all those food?”. I simply smiled and said, “If only you knew…” :-))))))))

  • Lori Malone

    may I get the original, old diet plan emailed to me? Or where can I get the original diet plan book?


    it worked

  • Cindy

    I have been going on this diet for my whole life. The first time I went on it I was in my 20’s. I lost 38 lbs in 6 weeks and kept it off for years. I started gaining weight when I had my kids. And age. So I went on my diet after pregnancy. It has always been great for me. Today I am on my 8th day of the old diet. Since I can’t find the old diet anywhere I am just going to keep going on my first week over again. I know there are people who don’t think diets or this diet is good. It has worked for me. I am not stupid. I take vitamins. I eat lots and lots of fruit. The weight falls off. I need to know what burns what though. I recently moved and my book is in storage. After meat? After Spanish? After Italian? There are fruits to eat in the morning. Does anyOne know what they are?

    • Ann

      In the 80’s I went on this diet and lost 70+ pounds, and stayed on the diet for 2 1/2 years. Went I began combining foods indiscriminatley again I gained it all back plus 30 pounds.

      I believe that wise combining of foods as described in the book is very effective. However, at the the end of two and 1 /2 years of the diet, I was literally starving.

      Fruits-carbohydrates-proteins is eating sequence for your day. I needed more protein.

      Regarding what burns what: Pineapple, strawberries, apples burn fat, pineapple is the most effective. Papaya and kiwi dissolve protein. Watermelon flushes wastes.

      After I turned 50, I tried to return to the original diet and on day four, I collapsed, probably due to the excess of sugar from the fruit. Just use common sense.

    • Jeannette

      Did you find the answers to your question about what burns what on the beverly hills? drop me an email if you didn’t

      • Kristin

        Can someone who has the info please send me the original diet plan? I am desperate to get the original but cant afford to buy it~i cant find it online either??? Id appreciate it soooo much!:)

  • Usha

    I would like a substitute for bananas. I cannot East them. Also need a substitute for peas. I am allergic to peas whether dry fresh.
    Please advise. Have tried the combining and doing it now and have lost 7 lbs in 8 days. I’m not following the daily diet as I’m fasting. So will go on full diet in September. At the moment having vegetarian only.

  • Rofida

    Hi I I didnt start yet but I will next week but I have a question I have a baby with 10 month old she almost eating everything and she is in a good health but I still give her breast feeding 2 times a day is it ok to go through this diet
    Please answer meeeeeeeee urgently

  • Tom Cummings

    I really did lose 62 pounds in 6 weeks in 1984 with the original diet. Got down to below my high school weight when I was I great shape. You have to do what she says to keep weight off, but it really works. You can’t die in six weeks. The secret, which she tells you, is to eat a lot of what you’re prescribed and follow the rules.

    • Skinny

      Exactly and you can’t get aids from this eating program. I used to work with the author Judy Mazel and was a mentor to a number of her Best Examples, me being one them. With had some very good years together and then she got sick.

      • Robyn Flax

        Where could I purchase a copy of the first book?

  • nomusa

    the original beverly hills diet was recommended by a friend at the gym (1996)when i was trying to loose weight desparately after i applied for a post as an air hostess, i lost 12kg in three weeks and now and again when i need to loose a few kilos i still start my days with the reccomended fruit. unfortunately i can’t get hold ot the origal copy, if anyone has any information as to where to get i’d highley appriciate it!!!

    • Jeannette

      Hi there Nomusa, I see this message is quite old. Drop me an email if you still need the menu plan :)

      • Pamela Condello

        pls could you please send me the plan? xx

      • maria hetea

        could you pls e-mail me the plan?

      • ted

        Hi Maria, for privacy and security purposes, emails aren’t published on our site.

      • hoda

        hi there, it’s about The Beverly Hills Diet Menu Plan, could you send it to me please!
        all the best

  • Alexa


    • tom brady

      of course your not doing it right!

  • Barbara Reed

    During the 80’s i went on this diet and lost 35 pounds in 5 weeks. I kept it off untill i got pregnant with my son. I think the younger you are the easier it is to adapt, but this 51 year old is gonna give it another go ariound and see what happens. I have to mention, that before if I got light headed a hard boiled egg does the trick.

  • Tyrone

    My husband recieved aids from this diet, I do not recommend this diet!!!!!

    • Dr caleb

      excuse me Tyrone but you may also have aids due to your sexual relations with your husband, I also believe that it is impossible for a human being to contract aids from a diet.

      Dr Caleb

    • ted

      Ummm, sorry but you dont get HIV from a diet…

      • Beonca

        im thinking that it was his husband rather than the diet itself

  • Beonca

    This diet was the best thing that has every happened to me, the prunes in the diet really help everything come house

  • Lydiah

    Not easy to start with

  • Lydiah

    The diet is not real to a person who is just starting to adopt

  • Kacie

    I’m def going to try this. I’m leaving for college in 28 days and I need to lose 34 pounds!!! I hope it works!!!

    • jef ben

      btw prunes give u the shits

  • Diane

    This is my yearly spring diet. It makes my digestive system sing. I can keep the 20 lbs off as long as I follow the rules.

  • Edna

    I went on this diet in1990 and lost 60 pounds
    in3 years. This diet saved my life and helped me learn how to eat. Conscious combining really works. I kept the weight off until recently when I decided to eat on my terms. You can eat plenty of protein as long as you follow the rules.

  • Shaybear

    this is a very dangeourus diet i can not belive that you would do that anyone would do this

  • Edward

    This diet may allow you to lose afew pounds in the short term but long term you will just gain the weight back. Fad diets like this more times than not do more harm than good.

  • Justin

    This fad diet is just as bad for you as any other fad diet out there. Not only does it restrict your calories to a dangerous level(the only reason this diet promotes weight loss), it also does not provide balanced macronutrients and could lead to deficiencies of specific vitamins and minerals. The theory of “conscious combining” has absolutely no scientific background and the author of this book lacks credentials. If anyone did research over this diet, they would know enzymes aren’t directly absorbed from food to break down other food. Protein from food is broken down to their amino acid bases. Your very own DNA (through transcription and translation) code for specific enzymes to be made within your cells. These enzymes then act on the food that you are currently consuming. The only reason anyone is loosing weight on this diet is because of the calorie restriction and there are healthier ways to achieve this weight loss.

  • Deja

    I am 5’0 and i weigh 160 pounds. I need to lose about 30 pounds fast before summer! Im going to start this diet tomorrow so , wish me luck!

  • Misty

    so basicly what this saying that after u do this diet u could put the weight back on wow i could just stick to drinking water and running and doing exercises

  • Madison

    this can be really need more things in your diet!!!!!! i do not recamend this!!!

  • Catherine

    First did the diet in 1984, at various times since and now again! Best advice? Stick to the plan – don’t try and improvise. It’s but 42 days of your life! The “Non-physical Exercises” are a great motivation

  • Marguerite

    See page for 3 fat chicks on a diet – it lists the full plan – thanks so much to the person posting the first week list – I treat it like I’m doing a fruit fast / detox but one that leaves me very thin and feeling fantastic
    I lost 10 pounds first week and another 4 the second then ate fruit in the mornings and “normal” food
    Did this diet 10 yrs ago and tried other things (lost the book) and nothing else works

  • Donna

    This diet works, and you eat SO MUCH, if you want to. My 60 year old mom ,lost 22 ounds in 14 days on the basic plan. The more elaborate plan ahs some great receipies, but we love fruit, so we kept it simple and felt fine!

  • Claudia

    Please,please,please could someone please list the old diet plan from day 8 – 15, have lost my book and am desperate to cary on, much prefer the old to the new…..Thanx

  • Rich

    Lost my BHD original book. Anyone have the entire daily menu that they could share? Thanks

  • septembernova

    I’m trying out the Old Beverly Hills Diet for the first time and I’m surprised at how easy it is to stay on track.
    I’m on Day 4 and can feel the difference – it’s brilliant. Plenty of energy too.
    My tip: I read the book each evening for about 30 min and go over the chapters : It helps me stay focussed. And I prepared myself mentally for about a week before starting off.

  • sandramarie

    this is the only diet that worked for me. I have tried others and this one for me works the best. I did manage to combine atkins and this one together to lose 130 lbs. but I, like so many others, didn’t stay focused. and gained a few pounds back. well I am going to jump start my program again soon and this is the best way. I don’t think it is healthy to eat fruit for months on end with nothing else, but for 10 days people how bad is that?

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